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Skilled Worker Visa

Our immigration team have experience submitting visas to allow you to enter and work in the UK on a long term basis. Speak to us today to find out if you're eligible.

Work Visa and Business Immigration Solicitors in Manchester 

Our team of experienced immigration solicitors can help you find out which type of visa you need to apply for and help you submit your application. We also correspond with the relevant legal bodies and provide clarity on government guidance, processes and eligibility criteria. Our dedicated team can help you speed up your visa application by ensuring that all required documents and supporting evidence are correctly organised. 

How to apply for a UK work visa

The Skilled Worker visa allows individuals to enter the UK on a long term basis to fill a skilled job vacancy; such as in IT, accountancy, teaching, or healthcare. The occupation needs to be on the occupation list or Shortage Occupation List. Before they apply, visa applicants must have a job offer and a Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid sponsorship licence.

Skilled worker visas are designed for workers who have a skilled job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid sponsorship licence. 

The Points-Based Immigration System evaluates applicants based on a set of attributes, awarding points for various factors such as qualifications, job offers, and English language proficiency. To qualify for a Skilled Worker Visa, applicants must score a minimum number of points.

Job Offer from a Licensed Sponsor

Applicants must have a confirmed job offer from a UK employer that holds a valid sponsor license. The job offer must be at the required skill level (RQF 3 or above) and meet minimum salary thresholds.

Skill Level and English Language Proficiency

Applicants need to demonstrate their skills match the job offer's skill level and meet the English language proficiency requirement. Proof of English language ability is usually provided through recognized language tests like IELTS.


Minimum Salary Requirement

The offered salary must meet the minimum salary threshold for the specific job. The threshold varies based on the occupation and whether the applicant is a "new entrant" or experienced worker.

Applicants can earn additional points for meeting certain criteria such as having a job offer in a shortage occupation or possessing a PhD relevant to the job.

Application Process for a Skilled Worker Visa

  1. Job Offer and Certificate of Sponsorship: Secure a job offer from a licensed sponsor and obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from them.

  2. Prepare Supporting Documents: Gather documents to prove your identity, qualifications, English language proficiency, and maintenance funds.

  3. Submit Online Application: Complete the online application form on the official UK government website. Pay the application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge.

  4. Biometric Appointment: If required, schedule a biometric appointment to provide fingerprints and photograph.

  5. Decision and Travel to the UK: The processing time varies, but you'll receive a decision on your application. If approved, you can travel to the UK before your visa's start date.

Evidence required for a Skilled Worker visa application

Applicants must provide several documents with their application, these include:​

  • Current passport and/or other travel documents 

  • A separate passport photograph 

  • Proof that they can meet the maintenance funds requirements for their visa, such as bank statements, unless their sponsor can guarantee their maintenance with the UK Home Office. Only 'A rated' sponsors have this option. 

  • Proof that they meet the English Languages requirements, such as qualification equivalent to a bachelors degree or higher taught in English or English language test results. 

  • Clear tuberculosis (TB) test result letter, if the applicant is from one of the countries on the Home Office's TB testing list

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