UK Skilled Work Visa 2023 Process, Requirements, Cost

All You need to know about the UK Skilled Work Visa 2023, why this Visa need and who can apply for the UK Skilled Worker Visa. In this post, I am going to tell you about the Popular Skilled Worker Visa for UK. The UK Skilled Worker Visa allows you to work in the UK for an approved employer. This Visa allows you to stay in the UK for 5 years. This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa.

There are thousands of Companies in the UK Willing to Sponsor Tier 2 Work Visa that are approved. The UK Government has made some changes recently and also increased the Salary/year and hourly rate for those who are coming on a Skilled worker Visa. After 5 years, you may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK. Normally people from outside the UK apply for the UK Skilled Worker Visa. More details about the application process are given below.

Details About UK Skilled Work Visa 2023

  • Job Country: UK
  • Visa Type: Skilled Work Visa
  • Stay Duration: 5 Years, renewable

Visa Cost

If you are applying from outside the UK, the Standard application fee for the UK Skilled Worker Visa is:

  • up to 3 years: £719 per person
  • more than 3 years: £1,423 per person

Shortage of Occupation

If your job is on the shortage occupation list (professions that are in demand) then you will pay a lower application fee.

  • £479 if you’re staying for up to 3 years
  • £943 if you’re staying for more than 3 years.

Check the shortage occupation list.

Eligible Occupations

Here is a List of Eligible Occupations with 4 digits code. Your employer in the UK who offered you a Job will give you an offer letter with a 4-digit code.

If you already have a job offer, ask your employer for your occupation code.

If you do not know your code, you can search for your job in the ONS occupation coding tool.

Approved UK Employers (Sponsor List)

Approved employers are also known as sponsors because they are sponsoring you to come to or stay in the UK.

View the list of approved UK employers. (List has been updated and more companies are added).

It is the best practice to apply for Approved UK Employers because they will take care of your work visa and will guide you.

Maximize Your Chances

So, in order to maximize your chances of getting a Job from an UK Approved employer here are the steps to research:

  1. First, check the shortage occupation list (Given above)
  2. Pick an occupation that is according to your field.
  3. Then check if that occupation is eligible for the UK Skilled Worker Visa from the eligible occupation list.
  4. Now if you have found the above two things, search for an Approved Employer/company that is offering a Job in that field.
  5. You can find the List of the approved companies (above)

Salary Requirements

The Current going rate is:

  • £26,200 per year
  • £10.75 per hour

Each occupation code has its own annual going rate. Check the going rate for your job in the going rates table.

Eligibility for UK Skilled Worker Visa 2023

  • You must have a Job offer from the UK Approved Employer.
  • have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations
  • be paid a minimum salary

Make sure you must have a confirmed job offer before you apply for your visa.

How long you can Stay in the UK on a Skilled Work Visa?

Your visa can last for up to 5 years before you need to extend it.

How to Apply for the UK Skilled Work Visa 2023

You must apply online from here. It takes 3 weeks if you’re outside the UK for the Visa Decision.

What you can do and what you can not do on Skilled work Visa

You can:

  • work in an eligible job
  • study
  • bring your partner and children with you as your ‘dependants
  • take on additional work in certain circumstances
  • do voluntary work
  • travel abroad and return to the UK
  • apply to settle permanently in the UK after 5 years.

You can not:

  • apply for most benefits (public funds), or the State Pension
  • change jobs or employers unless you apply to update your visa

The UK Recruitment Agencies can also help you by sponsoring your Visa without charging any Fee.

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