What is the Scale Up Worker Visa?
The Scale-up Worker visa allows you to come to the UK and work for at least six months in an eligible position for a fast-growing UK company (also known as a “scale-up business”).
Launched in August 2022, the Scale-up Worker visa is designed to make it simpler for UK companies experiencing significant growth to attract the best-skilled labour around the world.
Unlike other visas, the regulations let those with Scale-up Worker visas leave their sponsored post after six months and go to an unsponsored role.
The candidate will need a job offer and a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) issued by an authorised Scale-up Sponsor to be eligible for this visa.
If the sponsor fulfils the criteria of a Scale-up Business and wishes to employ migrants in this category, they must obtain the required licence first.
As OISC-regulated advisers, we provide the required support to eligible businesses with their sponsorship registration to become a Scale-up Sponsor. Once the sponsorship registration is complete, the Company can go ahead and issue the required CoS certificate that the applicant requires to apply for a Scale-up Worker Visa.
If granted, holders of Scale-up Worker visas may stay for an initial term of 2 years and can extend for an additional 3 years.
UK Scale-up Worker visa requirements
The following Scale-up Worker visa eligibility conditions for UK applicants must be met:
- have a job offer from an approved Scale-up business lasting a period of at least 6 months
- have a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from their employer
- have a job on the list of eligible occupations
- meet the minimum annual salary requirement or the ‘going rate’ for the type of work
- meet the English language requirements
- have sufficient funds to support themselves
Scale-up Worker visa sponsored route and unsponsored route
One of the distinctive aspects of the Scale-up Worker visa is the ability to change jobs or employers without sponsorship after the initial six months in the UK. Given that the majority of firms in the UK do not own sponsor licences and, as a result, the variety of job alternatives becomes substantially greater, this affords substantial flexibility for holders of Scale-up Worker visas.
After six months, those who change jobs or employers are not required to submit a new visa application. But if you want to extend your visa, you’ll still need to meet the wage standards.
However, those who wish to switch employers during the first six months of receiving their Scale-up Worker visa must inform the Home Office by submitting an online application to amend their Scale-up Worker visa. It’s crucial to remember that your new role with your new employer must still be on the list of eligible occupations.
How can we help?
Our immigration lawyers can handle any matters relating to the new Scale-up Worker visa and Scale-up Sponsorship. Contact our team to evaluate your circumstances and how we can assist you in your licence or visa application