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UK Tier 2 Visa for Skilled Workers

The new UK points system was introduced on 1 December 2020 and includes a number of significant changes to the points-based system. The Skilled Worker visa replaced the Tier 2 visa scheme and allows entry to the UK on a long-term basis to fill a skilled job vacancy in a wide range of skilled occupations, including IT, accountancy, teaching, and healthcare. The occupation needs to be on the Skilled Worker Eligible Occupations list, which has been expanded to include lower skilled occupations.

If the occupation is on the Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation List, it is easier to gain enough points under the points system. Before they apply, Skilled Worker visa applicants must have a job offer and a Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Skilled Worker sponsor license.

UK Work Visa Categories

  • The Skilled Worker visa is for workers who have a skilled job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid sponsor license. The skilled worker visa applicant will need to gain enough points under the UK visa system.
  • The Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) visa is for employees of a multinational company who are being transferred to the business's UK branch. Applicants must have a valid certificate of sponsorship from their employer. There are two sub-categories:
  • Long-term staff
  • Fraduate trainee
  • The Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa is for workers who've been offered a job, such as a missionary or minister of religion, within a religious community organisation in the UK.
  • The Tier 2 (sportsperson) visas are for elite sportspeople and coaches. The applicant must be recognized or endorsed by their sport's governing body.

The Skilled Worker Shortage Occupations List

It should be easier to gain enough points under the points system if the occupation is on the shortage occupation list.
Jobs found on this list include IT people, engineers, nurses, and many other occupations. The full Skilled Workers Shortage Occupation List can be found here.

Check which jobs are on the shortage occupations list in each area of the UK. The annual salaries for these jobs are based on a 39-hour working week. They must be prorated for other working patterns, based on the weekly working hours stated by your employer.

Occupation code Job types included on the shortage occupations list Areas of the UK where there is a shortage Annual salary (80% of going rate)
1181 Health services and public health managers and directors – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
1242 Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors-all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £21,360 (£10.53 per hour).
2111 Chemical scientists have the only jobs in the nuclear industry. Scotland only 80% of the going rate: £21,360 (£10.53 per hour).
2112 Biological scientists and biachemists-all jobs in Biological scientists and biochemists-all jobs in 80% of the going rate: £23,760 (£11.72 per hour).
2113 Physical scientists have only the following jobs in the construction-related ground engineering industry: engineer, geologist, hydrogeologist, geophysicist. England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £29,200 (£14.40 per hour).
2113 Physical scientists have only the following jobs in the oil and gas industry: geophysicist, geoscientist, geologist, geochemist, technical services manager in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry, senior resource geologist, and staff geologist in the mining sector. England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £29,200 (£14.40 per hour).
2114 Social and humanities scientists (only archaelogists) England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £20,720 (£10.22 per hour)
2121 Civil engineers - all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £28,000 (£13.81 per hour).
2122 Mechanical engineer - all jobs England, Scotland, Wales,Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £26,720 (£13.18 per hour).
2123 Electrical engineer - all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £29,600 (£14.60 per hour).
2124 All jobs for electronics engineer England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £27,760 (£13.69 per hour).
2126 Design and development engineers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £27,280(£13.45 per hour)
2127 Production and process engineers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £26,480(£13.06 per hour)
2129 Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £26,160(£12.90 per hour)
2135 IT business analysts, architects and systems designers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £29,280(£14.44 per hour)
2136 Programmers and software development professionals – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £26,640(£13.14 per hour)
2137 Web design and development professionals – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £21,360 (£10.53 per hour).
2139 Information technology and communications professionals not elsewhere classified – only cyber security specialists England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £25,440(£12.54 per hour)
2216 Veterinarians – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £29,600 (£12.82 per hour)
2425 Actuaries, economists and statisticians – only bio-informaticians and informaticians England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £26,240(£12.94 per hour)
2431 Architects – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £28,000(£13.81 per hour)
2461 Quality control and planning engineers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £24,400(£12.03 per hour)
3111 Laboratory technicians - all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £14,560 (£7.18 per hour)
3411 Artists – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £16,800(£8.28 per hour)
3414 Dancers and choreographers – only skilled classical ballet dancers or skilled contemporary dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK ballet or contemporary dance companies.The company must be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a UK industry body such as the Arts Councils (of England, Scotland or Wales). England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £23,840(£11.76 per hour)
3415 Musicians – only skilled orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, and who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras.
The orchestra must be a full member of the Association of British Orchestras.
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £21,360 (£10.53 per hour).
3416 Arts officers, producers and directors – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £24,000(£11.83 per hour)
3421 Graphic designers-all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £18,800 (£9.27 per hour)
5215 Welding trades – only high integrity pipe welders where the job requires 3 or more years’ related on-the-job experience. This experience must not have been gained through illegal work. England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £18,240 (£8.99 per hour).
6145 Care workers and home carers-private households or individuals (other than sole traders sponsoring someone to work for their business) cannot sponsor Skilled Worker applicants. England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland There is no going rate - the salary must be at least £20,480 (£10.10 per hour).
6146 Senior care workers-all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of the going rate: £13,520 (£6.67 per hour).

Documents

Skilled worker visa applicants must provide a number of documents with their application. These include:

    • Current passport and/or other travel documents
    • Proof that they can meet the maintenance fund requirements for their visa. Usually the Skilled Worker A rated sponsor guarantees maintenance in the UK. Another way to show this is to have bank statements for over 28 days showing maintenance funds.
    • Proof that they meet the Skilled Worker English Language requirements, such as qualification equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher taught in English or English language test results
    • A clear tuberculosis (TB) test result letter, if the applicant is from one of the countries on the Home Office's TB testing list.

Skilled Worker Visa Points System

Skilled worker visa applicants must score at least 70 points on the Skilled Worker points test. Please see our Skilled Worker Points System page for full details.

Skilled Workers Visa family members (dependents)

In most cases, you can bring your partner or children with you during your stay, but you must show that you have sufficient funds to provide for them. They will be able to apply for a family visa. Please see our UK Family Visas page for more details. Alternatively, you can contact us on 9606023373 or at info@viavifa.com

Skilled Worker English language requirement

Skilled worker visa applicants may be required to complete an approved UKVI version of the English language test if they are not nationals of an English-speaking country on the list or have not completed a degree level course taught in English (verified by NARIC). There are no English language requirements for Intra-Company Transfer visa applicants.

UK immigration help and advice

We, as a team of specialists, have a good number of years of experience in international visa services and have helped thousands of people to study and work in the UK. We work in conjunction with OISC registered advisers who can submit your UK sponsor license application and visa application to UK Visas and Immigration at the Home Office.