The UK Skilled Worker Visa is a visa category introduced by the UK government as a part of its points-based immigration system that replaced the Tier 2 (General) visa system in December 2020.
The Skilled Worker Visa is for people who have been offered a job in the UK in a specific skilled occupation. Eligibility for this visa is based on a points system. To be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa, applicants need to score 70 points.
Here is a breakdown of the points:
- Offer of job by approved sponsor (mandatory): 20 points
- Job at appropriate skill level (mandatory): 20 points
- Speaks English at the required level (mandatory): 10 points
To reach the required 70 points, you must score a further 20 points through a combination of points for salary, having a job in a shortage occupation, or a PhD relevant to the job.
Before you apply for a Skilled Worker visa, you need to have a certificate of sponsorship from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK. It’s an electronic record, not a physical document.
Your employer will need to be approved by the Home Office. The job you’re offered must also be at a certain skill level – RQF3 or above (equivalent to A level). You must also be paid a minimum salary – how much depends on the ‘going rate’ for your job.
Please note that as immigration policies can change, it’s essential to get the most recent information directly from the UK Government’s official website or a legal professional specializing in UK immigration law.