Skilled Worker Visa

Skilled Worker Visa

The Skilled Worker visa is designed to enable skilled workers to come to the UK in order to fill a gap in the UK labour market.

Main requirements

In order to qualify for a Skilled Worker visa, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:

  • they have a job offer and a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from an organisation based in the UK that holds a sponsor licence;
  • the role represents a genuine vacancy;
  • they possess the suitable skills and experience for the role;
  • the role is at the relevant skill level (RQF level 3 or above) and they will be paid an appropriate salary for the role;
  • they meet the required level of English language (currently B1 of the CEFR);
  • they have sufficient funds to maintain themselves (if maintenance is not certified by the sponsor);
  • they have a TB certificate, if required;
  • they have a criminal record certificate, if required; and
  • they do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.

Length and conditions of stay in the UK

There is no restriction on the length of stay in the UK under this route. However, visas will be granted in accordance with the work start and end data entered onto the CoS by the sponsor.

During their stay in the UK, applicants must work for the sponsor in the role described on the CoS.

Indefinite Leave to Remain

An application for Indefinite Leave to Remain can be made once an applicant has held a Skilled Worker visa (plus time spent under Tier 2 (General) for a period of at least five years.

Contact Us:

We have considerable experience in preparing  Skilled Worker/Tier 2 applications. If you would like to discuss matters further please contact Charles Green, Consultant Partner, at or by telephone to 07955112218

Consultant Partner - Immigration