21/03/2021 | Immigration News
| Aejaz Mussa
Since 1 January 2021, the UK Government has made wholesale changes to the immigration system in the UK introducing a new Points Based System under the Skilled Worker Visa Route replacing the former Tier 2 (General) Work Visa. The Skilled Worker Visa scheme applied to both non-EU nationals and EU nationals that have entered the UK since the scheme was introduced on 1 January 2021. In order to qualify and be successfully granted the Skilled Worker Visa, the Applicant must achieve a total score of 70 points comprising of 50 mandatory points and 20 tradeable points. In order to settle in the UK under the Skilled Worker Visa Route, the Applicant must have remained in the UK under the Skilled Worker Visa Route for a continuous period of 5 years.
What is the Skilled Worker Visa Route?
The UK Skilled Worker Visa Route is a new Points Based System under the Immigration Rules that had replaced the old Tier 2 (General) Visa routes for working in the UK. The UK Home Office has published a list of occupations that qualify for the Skilled Worker Visa Route, which are usually high-ranking managerial positions or highly skilled professional occupations. Each qualifying job is assigned an occupation code and the eligible job must be specified under the relevant occupation code to qualify for the Skilled Worker Visa Route. You can the full list of occupations and the occupation codes in the Immigration Rules Appendix Skilled Occupations.
What are the requirements under the Skilled Worker Visa Route?
The requirements under the Skilled Worker Visa Route are split into 4 stages:
- The Validity Requirement: In order for your Skilled Worker Visa application to be valid, the UK Home Office must be satisfied that:
- You have applied using the proper prescribed form for the Skilled Worker Visa;
- You are aged 18 or over at the time of the application;
- You have a Certificate of Sponsorship from a registered Sponsor issued no more than 3 months before the date of your application;
- You have provided your passport or other travel document which confirms your identity and nationality;
- You have provided any required biometrics; and
- You have paid the application fees and the Immigration Health Charge fees.
PLEASE NOTE that: you cannot apply in the UK and switch into the Skilled Worker Visa if your last grant of permission was in the following visa categories:
- Short-Term Student;
- Parent of a Child Student;
- Seasonal Worker;
- Domestic Worker in a Private Household; or
- Any other visa granted outside the Immigration Rules.
- The Suitability Requirement: In order to meet the Suitability Requirement for your Skilled Worker Visa Application, your application must not fall for refusal under the General Grounds for Refusal under the Immigration Rules and you must not be in breach of the Immigration Rules, an overstayer or on immigration bail.
- The Eligibility Requirement: In order to be eligible to apply for the Skilled Worker Visa, you need to achieve a score of 50 mandatory points and 20 tradeable points, giving a total score of 70 points under the Skilled Worker Visa Points Based System. We have explained how to achieve these points below.
- The Financial Requirement: The Financial Requirement for the Skilled Worker Visa can be met by either: the Sponsor certifying on the Certificate of Sponsorship that they will maintain and accommodate the applicant up to the end of the first month of their employment to an amount of at least £1,270.00; or the applicant is able to show he/she has funds of at least £1,270.00 for a consecutive period of 28 days prior to the date of the application.