Skilled Worker Visa Category

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A Skilled Worker visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer.

This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa.

Your Job

To qualify for a Skilled Worker visa, you must:

  • work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
  • have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations
  • be paid a minimum salary - how much depends on the type of work you do

Knowledge of English

To submit a successful Skilled Worker application, you must be able to speak, read, write and understand English. There are three ways you can score points for your English language skills:

  • Be a national of a majority English speaking country; or
  • Pass an English language test from an approved English language test provider; or
  • Hold a degree that was taught in English and is equivalent to a United Kingdom bachelor's degree or above.

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Duration of stay

Your visa can last for up to 5 years before you need to extend it. You’ll need to apply to extend or update your visa when it expires or if you change jobs or employer.

After 5 years residence in the UK, you may be able to apply to settle (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’). This gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like. You will only be eligible to apply for British Nationality 12 months after becoming settled.

What you can and cannot do under the Skilled Worker Visa

With a Skilled Worker visa you can:

  • Work in an eligible job
  • Study
  • Bring your partner and children to the UK as your dependants
  • Take on additional work with the consent of your employer for no longer than 20hrs per week
  • Do voluntary work
  • Travel abroad and return to the UK
  • Apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) if you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years and meet the other eligibility requirements.

You cannot:

  • Apply for most benefits/public funds or the State Pension
  • Change jobs or employer unless you apply to update your visa