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Depending on individual circumstances, prior to sponsoring your UK work visa, your employer may need to complete various steps, including obtaining approval from the Home Office to issue you a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

UK Skilled Worker Visa: Navigate the Path to Work in the UK

Secure your future in the UK through the UK Skilled Worker Visa, a pathway designed for qualified individuals who have a job offer from an approved employer in the UK. Discover the requirements, application process, and learn how Immtell can support you every step of the way.

A Detailed Overview of the UK Skilled Worker Visa

The UK Skilled Worker Visa is a great opportunity for talented individuals around the globe seeking to work in the UK. Applicants need to have a job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor, be able to speak, read, write, and understand English, and have enough money to support themselves without relying on public funds. The full requirements are below:

You must receive a minimum annual salary of £26,200, or the amount as stated on the Occupational Code (OC code), whichever is higher. In some circumstances you can earn less if:
  • you work in some healthcare or education jobs;
  • your job is in a shortage occupation;
  • you’re under 26, studying or a recent graduate, or in professional training;
  • you have a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) PhD level qualification that’s relevant to your job (if you have a relevant PhD level qualification in any other subject your salary must be at least £23,580); or
  • you have a postdoctoral position in science or higher education.
  • The role you intend to undertake must be considered as at or above UK A Level (RQF 3)
    You must meet the English language requirement of CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening, or be from an ‘English speaking country’
    You must obtain work sponsorship from an employer registered as a Home Office sponsor. Upon sponsorship, you will be issued with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), this is like an online UK work permit
    You must have held £1,270 in savings for 28 days prior to the date of application, or an A-Rated Home Office sponsor may certify that they will provide this on the CoS. Further funds must be held for each dependant family member applying


    Skilled Worker visas are usually granted for an initial period of either up to 3 years or up to 5 years.  This is usually in line with the work duration indicated on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) assigned to you, in effect your UK work permit.

    If your Skilled Worker sponsorship continues, it is possible to apply for UK work visa extensions from within the UK indefinitely.

    It is possible to apply to switch visa category from within the UK into this visa type, if you are not currently in the UK holding one of the following visa types:

    • Visitor visa
    • Short-Term Student visa
    • Parent of a Child visa
    • Seasonal Worker visa
    • Domestic Worker visa
    • Any Discretionary visa

    Please however note that you may still need to meet the requirement to have worked for your employer outside of the UK for the required period, unless exempt. 

    Following 5 years continuous residence, you may qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK, effectively permanent residence providing all the requirements are met at that time.

    Spouses or partners and children under the age of 18 may apply for visas to accompany you to the UK as your ‘dependants’.  Your spouse or partner should be permitted to work.

    It is permitted to switch into the Skilled Worker visa type from within the UK if you were last granted a visa under certain visa categories. In all other circumstances, initial Skilled Worker visa applications must be from abroad, either from your country of nationality or legal residence.

    UKVI aim to process visas as follows:

    Visa applications submitted outside of the UK:

    • Standard processing: 15 working days
    • Priority Service processing: 5 working days


    Visa applications submitted inside the UK:

    • Standard processing: 8 weeks
    • Priority Service processing: 5 working days


    Important: UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) do not guarantee processing times and delays do occur. We advise that you do not book any non refundable travel until your visa has been approved and your work visa is in your possession.  Priority services can be suspended without notice and may not be available at the time of application.

    The UKVI application fee is as follows:

    Applying outside of the UK:

    • Visa up to 3 years duration: £625; or
    • Visa more than 3 years (max 5) duration: £1,235


    If job is on the shortage occupation list:

    • Visa up to 3 years duration: £479; or
    • Visa more than 3 years (max 5) duration: £943


    Applying inside of the UK:

    • Visa up to 3 years duration: £719; or
    • Visa more than 3 years (max 5) duration: £1,423


    If job is on the shortage occupation list:

    • Visa up to 3 years duration: £479; or
    • Visa more than 3 years (max 5) duration: £943


    In addition, you will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) which is £624 per year of the visa duration.

    Our professional fee will depend on the level of service you require. Please see the options below or contact us for further information.

    How Can Immtell Help with Your UK Skilled Worker Visa Application?

    Applying for a Skilled Worker Visa can seem daunting with its various requirements and processes. However, with Immtell by your side, the task becomes more manageable and less stressful. Our team of immigration experts is adept at guiding applicants through the maze of paperwork, offering personalized assistance throughout the entire application process.

    Contact Immtell Today for Expert Immigration Guidance

    Embark on your journey to work in the UK with confidence and peace of mind. Reach out to the Immtell team today for comprehensive guidance on your UK Skilled Worker Visa application. We’re committed to making your dream of working in the UK a reality.