The Skilled Worker Visa Explained

The Skilled Worker Visa Explained

The Government launched a new skilled worker visa in December 2020, allowing overseas healthcare workers to apply to work in the UK from 1 January 2021.

The visa lasts up to five years before it needs to be extended.


To qualify for a skilled worker visa, you must:

  • Work for a UK employer, like the NHS
  • Have a certificate of sponsorship from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • Be paid a minimum salary

How does the skilled worker visa work?

Skilled worker visas will be awarded to those who gain enough points.

Under the points-based immigration system, points are awarded for a job offer, knowledge of English and a minimum salary of at least £25,600.

How do you submit an application?

Applications are made online, and you will need to prove their identity and provide your documents.

Once you have completed these steps, you’ll be informed of a decision within three weeks.

How much does the application cost?

You’ll need to have enough money to pay the application fee (ranging from £610 to £1,408), and be able to support yourself (usually by having at least £1,270 available).

How long does it take?

You can apply for a visa up to three months before the day you’re due to start work in the UK.  

What are the benefits of a skilled worker visa?

With the visa, you’ll be able to:

  • Work for the NHS
  • Study
  • Bring children and your family members with you as dependants
  • Take on additional work
  • Do voluntary work
  • Travel abroad and return to the UK
  • Apply to settle permanently in the UK
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