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Skilled Worker Visa

Officially part of the Appendix Skilled Worker Routes. Replaces the Tier 2 (General) Visa.


The Skilled Worker Visa is the standard route for an applicant who has been offered employment by an eligible employer in the UK. There are four central requirements for this visa: valid sponsorship, appropriate skill level for the job, appropriate salary level, and English Language.


The applicant needs to have received a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from their employer before applying. The CoS contains key information regarding the employment position. 


The job should attract an appropriate salary level. The exact method of calculating the minimum level is complicated and needs to be examined on a case-by-case basis, but as a general rule the minimum salary level will be reduced if the applicant holds a PhD in a subject relevant to the subject, and reduced further if the relevant PhD is in a STEM subject, if the job is on the shortage occupation list, or if the applicant is a "new entrant" to the job market.

How long can I stay in the UK with this visa?

How long can I stay in the UK with this visa?

How long you can stay in the UK on the Skilled Worker Visa will depend on the length of employment stated on your Certificate of Sponsorship.

Which family members can I bring with me on this visa?

You may be able to bring your partner and children with you to the UK on the Skilled Worker Visa.

What work can I do while on this visa?

What work can I do while on this visa?

You can do a second job on the Skilled Worker Visa. You still need to continue your main job, and you can work up to 20 hours a week in the second job (subject to restrictions around the nature of the occupation) without updating your sponsorship.

Can I settle in the UK in the future with this visa?

Can I settle in the UK in the future with this visa?

Yes. You may become eligible for settlement after 5 years residency in the UK on the Skilled Worker Visa.

What fees will I need to pay for this visa?

What fees will I need to pay for this visa?

The UK government fees for the Skilled Worker Visa range from £610 to £1,408. The exact fee will depend on how long your visa will be valid for, if your job if on the shortage occupation list, and whether you are applying inside or outside the UK.

You might also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) and the Biometric Enrolment Fee.

Which family members can I bring with me on this visa?

Key questions answered:

Valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
English Language certficiate, if applicable
Tuberculosis test certificate, if applicable
Proof of finances, if applicable
Criminal record certificate, if applicable

Documents needed (other documentation may also be required):