Skilled Worker Visa

Skilled Worker Visa

What is a Skilled Worker visa?

The new Skilled Worker visa is the route which allows overseas workers to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer. The government introduced this visa type as a replacement of the Tier 2 (General) work visa on 1 December 2020.

Key Points
  • route for people coming to the UK with a skilled job offer to fill a gap in the workforce
  • must have a job offer that is eligible for this visa from a UK employer that has been approved by the Home Office, and which pays at least the minimum salary for the type of work you will be doing
  • English language and maintenance requirements apply
  • can bring family
  • it is possible to switch to this visa route if you are already in the UK on a different type of visa
  • your visa can last for up to 5 years before you need to extend it
  • extension and settlement is possible

What are the eligibility requirements of this visa?

You must:

  • work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
  • have a valid ‘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
  • prove your knowledge of English

You may also need to:

  • have personal savings so you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK – you will usually need to have at least £1,270 available
  • tuberculosis test results are required if you are from a designated country
  • provide a criminal record certificate if you are working in certain jobs


To give your case the best chance of success, get in touch

To give your visa the best chance of success, and to reduce your stress, please contact our immigration experts.

If you wish to speak directly with one of our immigration specialists to get advice about business and personal immigration, or education in the UK and other visa issues, then please contact our Glasgow Head Office on Phone T: +44 (0)141 212 3355 or request a call back by completing the Online Form. You can also email us at More information can be found from Contact Us.  

*Disclaimer: The above information is for general reference only. Specialist legal advice should be sought.

Latest update: July 2021