Navigating the immigration process can be a daunting task. At Meliora Legal, we understand the complexities and intricacies of the immigration system, including the Skilled Worker Visa scheme. This article will outline the essential information you need to know about the Skilled Worker Visa in the UK.
What is the Skilled Worker Visa?
The Skilled Worker Visa is part of the UK’s Points-Based Immigration System. It is designed for individuals from outside the UK who have been offered a skilled job by a licensed sponsor within the UK.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa, you must meet certain criteria. These include:
- Job Offer: You must have a job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor. The job must be at or above the minimum skill level of RQF3 (equivalent to A level).
- Salary Threshold: The job offer must meet the applicable minimum salary threshold. This is generally the general salary threshold of £25,600 or the specific salary requirement for your occupation, known as the ‘going rate.’
- Language Requirement: You should be able to demonstrate knowledge of English at B1 level or above, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
- Points Requirement: You must score at least 70 points on the UK’s Points-Based System to be eligible.
Role of the Employer
The employer plays a crucial role in the Skilled Worker Visa scheme. They must be a licensed sponsor and provide you with a certificate of sponsorship – a document with information about the job role and your personal details. It’s also important to note that the employer may need to demonstrate they’ve attempted to fill the role domestically before looking to international workers, this is known as the Resident Labour Market Test.
UK Shortage Occupation List
Certain jobs are in high demand in the UK and are included on the UK Shortage Occupation List, such as in the health and care sector, and specific tech roles. Applicants for these roles can gain extra points, reducing the salary threshold.
How Can Meliora Legal Help?
At Meliora Legal, we are experts in UK immigration law. We are well-equipped to guide you through the complexities of the Skilled Worker Visa scheme, help you navigate the Points-Based System, and prepare a successful application. We stand ready to help you begin your journey towards working and living in the UK.
Please reach out to us for any assistance you may need in navigating the Skilled Worker Visa process. At Meliora Legal, we are committed to assisting you every step of the way.
Note: The information in this article is correct as of May 2023 and may be subject to change. Please consult a legal professional for personalised advice.