Skilled Worker Visa

Skilled Worker Visa

What is a Skilled Worker visa?

The Skilled Worker visa is a pivotal avenue that allows overseas workers to contribute their skills and expertise to the UK’s workforce. This visa enables individuals to come to the UK or stay in the country for eligible job roles offered by approved employers. Introduced by the government on 1 December, 2020, this visa marks a significant change from the previous Tier 2 (General) work visa.

Key Points
  • A designated route for individuals seeking skilled job opportunities in the UK, addressing workforce needs
  • Require a job offer that meets the eligibility criteria from a UK employer approved by the Home Office. The offered salary should also meet the minimum requirements for the type of work you will be undertaking
  • 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?

To be eligible for this visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Approved Employer: You should be employed by a UK employer approved by the Home Office.
  • Certificate of Sponsorship: Possess a valid ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer, detailing the role you’ve been offered in the UK.
  • Eligible Occupation: Your job should be on the list of eligible occupations.
  • Minimum Salary: The minimum salary requirement varies based on the nature of the work.
  • English Language Proficiency: Demonstrate proficiency in the English language, encompassing speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension.

Additionally, you may need to provide the following documents:

  • certificate of sponsorship reference number (provided by your employer).
  • proof of English language proficiency.
  • a valid passport or identity document.
  • details about your job title, annual salary, and occupation code.
  • information about your employer, including their sponsor license number, which can be found on your certificate of sponsorship.

Depending on your circumstances, you might also need to provide additional documentation, such as bank statements to prove sufficient personal savings, evidence of family relationships, tuberculosis test results (for individuals from listed countries), a criminal record certificate (for certain job roles), or an ATAS certificate (if your job involves sensitive research at PhD level or higher).

Exploring Opportunities with the Skilled Worker Visa

The Skilled Worker Visa opens doors to a world of professional opportunities in the UK. Whether you’re an employer seeking skilled talent or an individual looking to advance your career, this visa category offers a pathway to success.


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: August 2023