A Skilled Worker visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer. This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. Some health workers and their families will get their visas extended for free because of coronavirus (Covid-19).
If you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein If you or your close family member started living in the UK before 01 January 2021, you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme. Otherwise you need a visa to work in the UK. Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Eligibility Your job To qualify for a Skilled Worker visa, you must: work for a UK employer that has been approved by the Home Office; have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you have been offered in the UK; do a job that is on the list of eligible occupations; be paid a minimum salary - which depends on the type of work you will do. The specific eligibility depends on your job and you must have a confirmed job offer before you apply for your visa.
Knowledge of English You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English. You will usually need to prove your knowledge of English when you apply. If you are not eligible for a Skilled Worker visa. You may be eligible for another type of visa to work in the UK.
What you can and cannot do With a Skilled Worker visa: you can work in an eligible job, study, bring your partner and children with you as your ‘dependants’, if they’re eligible take on additional work in certain circumstances, do voluntary work, travel abroad and return to the UK, apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) if you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years and meet the other eligibility requirements.
You cannot apply for most benefits (public funds), or the State Pension, change jobs or employer unless you apply to update your visa. If your application is successful, you’ll get a full list of what you can and cannot do with a Skilled Worker visa.