SKILLED WORKER VISA
The Skilled Worker Visa is open to individuals of all nationalities (except British and Irish) who have an offer of an eligible skilled job in the UK from a Home Office-approved sponsor. The route can lead to settlement and applicants can be joined by dependent partners and children.
In order to secure a Skilled Worker Visa you will need to be sponsored to do a specific job, which meets certain skill and salary requirements, by an employer that has been licensed by the Home Office.
Requirements for a Skilled Worker Visa
In order to qualify for a Skilled Worker Visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:
How much it costs
When you apply for a Skilled Worker visa, you’ll need to have enough money to:
You’ll pay a lower application fee if your job is on the shortage occupation list.
You’re applying to come to the UK from Argentina for 2 years on a Skilled Worker visa.
Your job is not in a shortage occupation so your visa will cost £610, plus £624 for each year of your stay for the healthcare surcharge. This means you’ll pay a total of £1,858 when you apply for your visa.
You’ll also need to prove you have £1,270 available to support yourself in the UK if your employer cannot cover these costs.
If you’re applying from outside the UK, the standard fee depends on whether you’ll be in the UK for:
If you’re applying from inside the UK to extend, switch or update your visa, the standard fee depends on whether you’ll be in the UK for:
If your job is on the shortage occupation list
You and your family will pay a lower application fee if your job is on the shortage occupation list.
The fee for each person applying is:
The fee is the same whether you’re applying from inside or outside the UK.
If you’re from an eligible country
Your application fee will be automatically reduced by £55 if you’re from one of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden or Turkey.
If your job is on the shortage occupation list, you’ll get this reduction as well as paying a lower fee.
This reduction only applies to your visa application. Your partner and children will still need to pay the full application fee.
You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge for each year of your stay - this is usually £624 per year.
Money to support yourself
You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK.
You will need to have had the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa.
You’ll usually need to show proof of this when you apply, unless either:
Your partner and children will also need to prove they can support themselves while they’re in the UK.Download Our Brochure
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