Skilled Worker Visa Advice and Consultant Service

UK Skilled Worker Visa Advice and Consultant Service

What is the Skilled Worker Visa?

The Skilled Worker Visa category is the general visa category for hiring immigrant workers.

If you are an employer looking into bringing a worker to the UK from Overseas, you must first register to be an authorised Sponsor for Skilled Workers.

If you are a worker with a job offer from a UK-based employer, discuss all the details about their Sponsorship alongside your employment contract.

Note that not all jobs are eligible to hire immigrants. To benefit from the Skilled Worker Visa, the job must be listed under the eligible occupations list.
Under this visa, successful applicants may stay and work in the UK for their employer. Upon meeting the requirements, they may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after completing 5-years of residency.

In order to successfully apply for a Skilled Worker visa, applicants must score at least 70 points, 50 of which are mandatory points, and the remaining 20 are tradeable points.
The points are distributed as follows:

Mandatory Points

An applicant must be awarded 50 points meeting the above requirements. 

  • Sponsorship (20 points)
  • Job at an appropriate skill level (20 points)
  • English language (10 points)

Tradeable Points

  • Salary of £20,480 to £23,039 or at least 80% of the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher) (0 Points)
  • Salary of £23,040 to £25,599 or at least 90% of the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher) (10 Points)
  • Salary of £25,600 or above or at least the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher) (20 Points)
  • Job in a shortage occupation as designated by the Migration Advisory Committee (20 Points)
  • Education qualification: PhD in a subject relevant to the job (10 Points)
  • Education qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job (20 Points)

Why Work With An Immigration Adviser for Your Skilled Worker Visa

Working with a licensed immigration adviser for your Skilled Worker Visa application offers numerous advantages, ensuring a smooth and successful process for our clients.
Here’s a summary of the support we provide workers and employers in the application process:

Expertise and In-Depth Knowledge: As licensed immigration advisers, we possess a deep understanding of immigration laws, regulations, and procedures. We stay updated on all relevant changes to provide accurate and current information for a seamless application process.

Stress Reduction: Navigating the immigration application process can be daunting. Our expertise and guidance ease the burden, making the entire process less stressful and more manageable.

Document Verification: We meticulously review your documents to guarantee completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all necessary criteria. If changes or additions are needed, we inform you in a timely manner, explaining the requirements in clear language. This minimizes common errors that can lead to application rejections or delays.

Form Completion: Accurate completion of visa application forms is crucial. With our experience, we ensure that all forms are filled out correctly, reducing the risk of errors that might impact your application.

Fee Transparency: We provide clear, comprehensive information about all associated fees, including application fees, healthcare surcharges, and other costs, as well as our fees, ensuring you have a full understanding of the financial aspects of your application.

Efficient Application Submission: We handle the submission of your application and evidence files on your behalf, ensuring they meet all required standards. This expedites the processing of your application.

Sponsorship Licence Assistance: If your employer needs a Sponsorship Licence, we offer our expertise in preparing and managing the application, guaranteeing that your employer meets all requirements for registering as a sponsor.

Effective Communication: We serve as intermediaries between you and the immigration authorities, providing regular updates on your application’s progress and promptly addressing any developments that may arise.

Post-Visa Support: Our commitment to client satisfaction extends beyond visa approval. We offer consultancy services to help you understand and comply with visa conditions throughout your stay in the UK.

Efficiency and Timeliness: Our experience in managing immigration cases ensures that your application adheres to deadlines and is processed as quickly as possible.

When choosing an immigration adviser, it’s crucial to select a licensed and reputable professional or firm. We are proud to offer our clients reliable and top-tier assistance, making the Skilled Worker Visa application process as smooth and efficient as possible.

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Let’s look at the highlights

Knowledge of English

Skilled Worker applicants are expected to demonstrate at least CEFR B1 level English through one of the Approved Test Providers.

Visa Duration

Although commonly separated as less than 3 years and more than 3 years, applicants or their respective employers can choose the length of the visa.

Maintenance

You will need to show £1,270 savings in your bank account available to you for the consecutive 28 days prior to the application.

Extension and ILR Rights

The applicant must provide a new Certificate of Sponsorship from their employer at every application stage. If eligible, the applicant can apply for indefinite leave to remain upon completing 5 years of stay.

Waiting times and Costs

Waiting times vary depending on the application location. The cost of application includes visa application fee and Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fee. The costs are to be calculated, including dependents and considering the up-to-date standard published rates. Application-related payments are payable upon submitting the online application form.

Dependents

The applicants can bring their spouse and children. They are not required to take an English Language test. However, maintenance is required for each family member at different levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) visa. While it shares similarities with the previous visa, there are some adjustments aimed at simplifying the process for both sponsors and applicants.

From 1 January 2021 onward, with the exception of Irish citizens, all EU nationals entering the UK for work will require work authorisation unless they possess valid status through the EU Settlement Scheme.

If a Skilled Worker visa holder loses their job, the employer is then required to cancel the sponsorship and let the UKVI know the worker is no longer with the company. Then, the UKVI curtails the applicant’s visa to 60 days from the day of termination, during which the applicant must regulate their stay in the UK again.

No, it does not change anything. For the purpose of settlement and its requirements, the time spent under Tier 2 and Skilled Worker visas can be calculated together.

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