How to Get a UK Skilled Worker Visa?

UK Skilled Worker Visa
Whether you are currently based in the UK or not, you need to have a valid work visa or other types of permit, such as indefinite leave to remain, to work in the UK. There are several types of work visas, which include Skilled Worker visa (formerly known as Tier 2 visa), Health and Care Worker visa, and Senior or Specialist Worker visa that allow you to work in the UK for long-term and you will be able to settle in the UK and become a British citizen eventually. If you only want to work in the UK for a short term, there are some other visa options you can consider.

For those who want to move to the UK and pursue a career in sectors other than health and care, the Skilled Worker visa or the Senior or Specialist Worker visa may be an option. To be eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa, you need to meet the following conditions:
  1. You have to get a formal job offer from a UK employer approved by the Home Office and sign an employment contract with the employer. To satisfy this first condition, you need to apply for jobs. You will not receive a job offer without applying for jobs. All companies on UK Visa Jobs are employers that have been approved by the home office, so all you have to do is to find a suitable job and submit your application.
  1. You have to have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ (COS) from your employer with information about the role you have been offered in the UK. Once you have submitted your application, if employers like your application or CV, they often invite you to an interview. If you pass the interviews and receive a job offer, the employer then issues a ‘certificate of sponsorship’.
  1. The job you are offered must be on the list of eligible occupations. Luckily, we have prefiltered this for you and all jobs listed on UK Visa Jobs meet the eligible occupation requirement.
  1. You need to be paid a minimum salary. However, how much you need to be paid depends on the type of work you do. For example, recent university or college graduates, who are below the age of 26, can be paid as low as £20,480 and still satisfy the salary requirements. If you are older than 26 and not a recent graduate, you may need to be paid £25,600 per year to satisfy the salary requirement unless the job you are applying for is on the shortage occupation list. On UK Visa Jobs, the salary range for each job is also noted. This will help you understand whether the job that you want to apply for can meet the threshold.
  1. Unless you are from an English speaking country, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirement. If you have a degree in the UK, you may not need to prove your level of English too. In other cases, You must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to at least level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. Level B1 is normally equivalent to 5.5 in IELTS, which means you need to score 5.5 in each IETLS component to satisfy the English language requirement.

You can use the list above to see whether you can get a UK Skilled Worker visa. If you do not meet certain requirements, you can take action to meet them too. For example, if you do not have a job offer, you should apply jobs to get a job offer. All jobs on the UK Visa Jobs website meet the government’s eligibility criteria. When you have received an interview invitation, you can start preparing for interviews using the guidance on your account page.

In summary, there is no easy way to get a work visa. No matter you apply for a healthcare job or an IT job, you need to go through a formal application process. If the job does not require any documents or you do not have to attend an interview, it may be a scam. You need to be very careful.