Skilled Worker Visa

Skilled Worker Visa UK

If you are a highly skilled worker and looking to work in the UK, then the Skilled Worker Visa is the route you should consider. This visa category is for individuals who have been offered a job in the UK and have a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer who holds a valid sponsor license.

Here’s what you need to know about the Skilled Worker Visa for the UK:


  • To be eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa, you must work for a UK employer who has liscense to sponsor you for work visa.
  • You must have a COS letter (certificate of sponsorship) from your employer.
  • Your job should be on list of eligible occupations.

Mandatory criteria

  • Job offer from a UK employer with a valid sponsor license
  • The job offer is at the required skill level (RQF level 3 or above)
  • English language proficiency at B1 level or above (You can also apply without IELTS)
  • Sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the UK

Additional Criteria

Salary offer from the employer is at or above the minimum salary threshold for the occupation (currently £25,600 per year or the going rate for the occupation, whichever is higher)

Job is on the Shortage Occupation List or you have a PhD relevant to the job

Educational qualification at RQF level 3 or above or an equivalent qualification

Application Process

To apply for a Skilled Worker Visa, you must first have a job offer from a UK employer who holds a valid sponsor license. Your employer will provide you with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), which you will need to apply for the visa.

You will then need to complete an online application form and provide supporting documents, including your CoS, proof of English language proficiency, and evidence of your funds. You may also need to provide other documents, depending on your circumstances.

Once your application is submitted, you will be asked to attend a biometric appointment to provide your fingerprints and a photograph. You may also be required to attend an interview.

Processing Time

The processing time for a Skilled Worker Visa is typically three weeks, but it can vary depending on your circumstances and the workload of the UK Visa and Immigration.

Validity : The Skilled Worker Visa is usually granted for up to five years, depending on the length of your employment contract. You can apply to extend your visa or switch to another visa category if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Costs: Application fees between £625 to £1,423 (63,000 rs to 1, 50,000rs)

IHS = £624 per year (63,000 RS)

Funds you need to show = £1,270 (1,50,000rs approx.) 28 days old.

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*Dependants are allowed and they will also need to pay the Visa fees, IHS and will be required to show the funds as well*

In summary, the Skilled Worker Visa is an excellent option for highly skilled workers who have been offered a job in the UK. To apply, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria and provide supporting documents. If your application is successful, you can work in the UK for up to five years and may be able to extend your visa or switch to another visa category in the future (for e.g.: you can apply for Indefinite leave to remain).

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