The UK Skilled Worker (previously T2 General Visa) allows highly skilled migrants (foreign nationals other than British and Irish citizens) with professional skills-sets to come to the UK and do eligible work with the Home Office-approved employer. To successfully qualify for the Skilled worker route, you should have a job offer in any field under the shortage occupation list. Moreover, you should acquire the certificate of sponsorship (CoS) from UK based employer with a valid sponsor licence. You should also meet the minimum salary requirements of at least £25,600 per year or the ‘going rate.’Book An Appointment
If you are an ‘experienced worker’, you can reside in the UK for up to five years. A stay of above five year period would require an extension, after which you can apply for an Indefinite Leave to Remain.
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Hence, you must qualify for the following conditions to be able to secure a work permit in the UK:
Our highly experienced UK Immigration Axis Solicitors are always here to help throughout the skilled worker visa application process. We will work with you to improve the merits of your application to make sure you receive a timely and favorable decision from the Home office.
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Be sure that each occupation code will have a different annual going rate, which you and your employer can check online.
With this in mind, in certain occupations such as in Healthcare or academic sectors, the salary requirements will vary where the national pay scales regulate the going rate.
Additional charges to apply for UK skilled worker visa
– Healthcare surcharges—£624 per annum
– Additional living expenses of at least £1,270 to prove that you are financially stable to support yourself when you enter the UK for work
Skilled worker visa fee exemptions
An exemption applies to workers living in the UK for 12 months on a previous valid visa. Hence, the employer is covering the expenses for the first month of their recently offered job. Moreover, if you belong to the eligible EU/EEA countries, your application fee will be automatically reduced to £55. You may qualify to pay fewer application charges if your job is on the shortage occupation list.
However, only the following family members can accompany you:
Furthermore, it is essential to note that each family member must submit a separate visa application and pay total application charges to get their visas approved.
You can only extend the visa if the following major requirements are met:
Your family members as dependants can also apply for the extension, but they must do so by submitting a separate application to stay longer in the UK with you.
Please bear in mind; you need to submit a new application to change your job/current occupation, even if your current visa hasn’t expired yet. You must receive a new CoS from a recent UK hiring employer.
If you have received CoS before 24th November 2016:
If you have already extended your visa before 24th May 2023, your minimum salary will be equivalent to the fixed lower rate, i.e. at least £20,800 per annum.
If your visa was approved and you received CoS on or before 24th November 2016:
If you’ve made the extension for a skilled worker visa before 1st December 2026, you will be required to satisfy the new salary requirements.
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