Doctor, Nurses. Paramedics and their family members will benefit visa extension offered by the Home Office for one year, if their current leave is due to expire before 1st October 2020 and will be automatic and free of charge.
Skilled Work Visa
The skilled work visa route is for those migrants with a job offer from a Home Office approved sponsor and if they meet certain other criterias like skill level, English language proficiency and earn a minimum salary threshold. The UK government has announced a new Points Based Immigration route for skilled workers starting from January 2021, which essentially replaces the current route as detailed further below.
Current PBS Route
Tier 2 General
In order to be eligible under this category, applicants must score a total of 70 points. They can meet this criteria if they have a certificate of sponsorship issued by a licenced Tier 2 sponsor (30 points), an appropriate salary (20 points), Knowledge of English language (10 points), and savings of £945 in their bank account for 90 days prior to the application or their maintenance certified by their ‘A’ rated sponsor (10 points).
Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer
This route is for employees of multinational companies who are being transferred by an overseas employer to a skilled job in a UK-based branch of the organization.
There are two different categories of the Intra Company Transfer visa:
Tier 2 Sports Person
Tier 2 Minister of Religion
This category is for those people coming to fill a vacancy as a Minister of Religion, Missionary or Member of a Religious Order. In order to claim points, applicants must have a valid CoS and meet other requirements of the route. This route is commonly used for Priests and Pastors who may regularly or on a one and off occasion perform their religious duties in the UK.
New PBS Route
Offer of job by approved sponsor
Job at appropriate skill level
Speaks English at required level
Salary of £20,480 (minimum) – £23,039
Salary of £23,040 – £25,599
Salary of £25,600 or above
Job in a shortage occupation (as designated by the MAC)
Education qualification: PhD in subject relevant to the job
Education qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job
A total of 70 points is needed to be able to apply to work in the UK
Employers that are currently not approved by the Home Office to be a sponsor should consider applying now if they wish to sponsor skilled migrants, including those from the EU, from early 2021. Please visit our dedicated sponsor licence page to learn more about the application process and how we can assist you.
How can we assist?
Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in assisting skilled workers and their employers across a wide range of industry and sectors in the UK. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The maximum duration of Tier 2 General visa is upto six years unless an exemption applies. Individuals may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after spending 5 years under this category, if they meet all other requirements.
The changes to the Immigration Rules announced by the UK government on 09th September will be mostly coming into effect on 01 October 2019.
The cap on the number of high-skilled migrants coming to the UK should be scrapped, according to a key report commissioned by the government ahead of Brexit