Skilled worker visa
Sponsored Work Visas
Skilled Worker Visa Categories
The Skilled Work Visa route had the following 4 categories:
Skilled Worker (formally Tier 2 General);
Intra-Company Transfer (ICT);
T2 Sportsperson; and
T2 Minister of Religion.
Applicants needed a have a job offer and a CoS from an organisation that is a licenced Home Office sponsor in the UK. As this is a points-based application, Applicants had to score a minimum of 70 points (or 60 points if applying for an ICT visa). In addition to having a CoS, the maintenance and English language requirements must also be met.
Our immigration solicitors routinely meet with clients who wish to work for an organisation which does not have a business Sponsor Licence. We are often instructed to meet with such businesses and explore their options of hiring non-settled workers within their organisation.
Skilled Worker Visa
Applicants must be awarded 50 mandatory points under the Skilled Worker Visa category. 20 points will be awarded for Sponsorship (i.e. having a valid CoS), 20 points will be awarded for being offered a job at an appropriate skill level and 10 points will be awarded for English language. Applicants also need 20 tradable points for salary or a job that is on the Shortage Occupation List. Unlike the former Tier 2 (General) route, there is now no longer a requirement for the Sponsor to have conducted the Resident Labour Market Test, however, the job vacancy must still be genuine.
Our specialist immigration team are regularly instructed by skilled worker migrants who have been assigned a CoS and then wish to apply for a Skilled Worker visa. The CoS must confirm that they will be paid an appropriate salary. If you meet the strict requirements of this route, you may be granted leave up to 5 years, after which Applicants may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain..