What is a Skilled Worker Visa?

Thousands of foreigners apply for a Skilled Worker visa every year. It was previously known as the Tier 2 Visa, and although both terms are essentially the same, a few differences make the latter a new concept. Thanks to a Skilled Worker visa, people can live and work in the UK with a permitted employer. Irish citizens are excluded from this eligibility as they don't need a visa to work in the UK.

Who is eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa?

You must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa. Below we mention the requirements you need in order to apply for one:

• You must work for an employer based in the UK. Additionally, the Home Office must have approved them.

• Your employer must provide you with a certificate of sponsorship.  This certificate contains all the information about the job opportunity they’re offering to you.

• The job you're being offered must be on the list of eligible occupations. The UK Government has more information regarding the eligibility based on your job.

• You should be earning the minimum salary. It differs based on your occupation.

People with a Skilled Worker visa can live and work in the UK for five years. You should apply for an extension before the period is over or when it expires. If you’re interested in changing jobs for any reason, you must apply for the Skilled Worker visa again. A person can apply for a Skilled Worker visa as many times as they need if they meet the requirements. 

In addition, people can apply for “indefinite leave to remain” if they wish to live permanently in the UK. However, you must have stayed in the UK for at least five years and meet the specific requirements for that process.

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