The Skilled Worker visa was previously known as the Tier 2 (General) visa. With the change came some significant updates to the requirements for eligibility to apply. The Skilled Worker visa is now a points-based visa that requires applicants to obtain 70 points.


Get a job, get a Skilled Worker visa

To be eligible to apply for a Skilled Worker visa, you must first have a confirmed job offer from a UK employer who holds a Home Office approved sponsor licence. You must receive a certificate of sponsorship from your employer that contains information about the position you’ve been offered.

You must also meet the following requirements:

  • You must have a minimum NQF level 3
  • Your job must be on the list of eligible occupations
  • You must earn an annual salary £25,600 or the going rate for the job, whichever of the two is higher
  • You can speak, write, read and understand English

Not all occupations may meet the salary requirement, therefore, there are special circumstances when you can be paid less:

  • Your job is in a shortage occupation
  • You are a recent graduate and under 26 years of age
  • You have a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) PhD level qualification that’s relevant to your job (if you have a relevant PhD level qualification in any other subject your salary must be at least £23,040)
  • You have a postdoctoral position in science or higher education

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Characteristic Tradable or mandatory Number of Points
Job offer by approved sponsor Mandatory 20
Job at appropriate skill level Mandatory 20
Speaks English at required level Mandatory 10
Salary of GBP 20,480 (minimum) – GBP 23,039 or at least 80% of the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher) Tradeable 0
Salary of GBP 23,040 – GBP 25,599 or at least 90% of the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher) Tradeable 10
Salary of GBP 25,600 or above or at least the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher) Tradeable 20
Job in shortage occupation as designated by the Migration Advisory Committee Tradeable 20
Qualification: PhD in a subject relevant to the job Tradeable 10
Qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job Tradeable 20

Extend your work visa

You will need to extend your visa when it expires or if you change jobs. Your Skilled Worker visa can be extended as many times as you like.

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