Tier 2 General Skilled Visa

If you want to come to the United Kingdom to work in a skilled role for a sponsoring business, you will need a Skilled Worker Visa.

Skilled worker visa replaced Tier 2 (General) work visa. The eligibility criteria have also been relaxed. The minimum salary requirement was lowered from £30,000 to £25,600. However, the applicants must still score a minimum of 70 points in total to apply for Skilled worker visa.

Eligibility Criteria. 

An applicant must meet the following mandatory criteria to score 50 points:

  • be offered a job from an approved sponsor accompanied by a Certificate of Sponsorship (20 points)

  • the job must be at an appropriate skill level. This includes RQF Level 3 and above.  (20 points)

  • know the English language at Level B1 or higher. 

The applicant must score a further 20 ‘tradeable’ points. To do so, the applicant must:

  • get paid at least £25,600 per year or £10.10 per hour, whichever is higher. However, if the ‘going rate’ (average salary on the market) for a job is higher, the applicant needs to be paid at least the going rate.

  • have a job offer in a specific shortage occupation, have a PhD relevant to the job or a PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job 

The tradable points system means that all applicants can trade characteristics such as their qualifications, against a lower salary to get the required number of points.

Restrictions. 

Skilled Worker visa holders may work in an eligible job, study part time, and bring dependents.

If an applicant wishes to change an employer, they must apply for a new visa sponsored by the new company.

Does the Skilled Worker visa route lead to settlement in the UK?

Yes, after 5 years, holders of this visa may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK. This will allow them to live, work and study without immigration restrictions.

How To Apply for a Skilled Worker visa and fees

Applications must be made online. The application fee (ranging from £610 to £1,408) and the healthcare surcharge (£624 per year) must be paid. Applicants must also have at least £1,270 available on their bank account to prove they can support themselves in the UK (also called maintenance requirement).

How long does it take to apply for a Skilled Worker visa?

The decision is usually made within 3 weeks if you are outside the UK and 8 weeks if you are inside the UK.

Please kindly note, we can only assist you with a Skilled Worker visa application if you already have a job offer in the UK. If your prospective employer is offering you a job, however, the company doesn’t yet have a Sponsor Licence, we can schedule a free call with your potential employer to discuss their Sponsor Licence applicaiton.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to help you find a job in the UK.

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