The Skilled Worker Visa replaced the Tier 2 (General) Worker on 1 December 2020. The Skilled Worker visa is designed to enable skilled workers to come to the UK in order to fill a gap in the UK labour market.
In order to qualify for a Skilled Worker visa, the applicant must be able to demonstrate, among other things, that:
- he or she has a job offer and have been issued with a a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from an organisation based in the UK that holds a sponsor licence;
- he or she possesses the suitable skills and experience for the role;
- the role is at the relevant skill level (RQF level 3 or above) and he or she will be paid a salary that meets the required minimum thresholds;
- he or she meets the required level of English language (currently B1 of the CEFR);
- he or she has sufficient funds to maintain themselves (if maintenance is not certified by the sponsor); and
- he or she does not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.
An application for a Skilled Worker Visa can apply for up to 5 years. An application for Indefinite Leave to Remain can be made once an applicant has held a Skilled Worker visa (plus time spent under Tier 2 (General) for a period of at least five years.
We understand that navigating the Home Office’s procedures and forms can be complex and stressful. Our team of professionals can support individuals applying for business immigration or work-related visas by offering either full representation or consultancy services.
Skilled Worker Visas – Full Representation
Full representation is a comprehensive service, that allows our firm to become your legal representatives and to represent you in all matters concerning your Skilled Worker Visa. This includes preparing the appropriate forms and liaising with UKVI on your behalf.
If you decided that full representation was the appropriate service for you, we would take detailed instructions from you, issue a client care letter and other appropriate paperwork to you, plan works according to what we consider to be your best interests, advise you of any documents or information that we may need to prepare the case efficiently and lodge your spouse or partner visa application for you. We would ensure that you are updated on any key developments on your matter and remain as your legal representatives until a decision is reached on your Skilled Worker Visa for the UK.
We would endeavour to be on hand throughout the application process to guide you and answer any questions you might have about the process. Once the Skilled Worker Visa has been concluded, we would send you a closing letter outlining any items that we think you may wish to know moving forwards.
Full representation may not be suitable for all clients, but our experience is that for those who have utilised this service with us, they have found it to be very helpful indeed. We would encourage readers to consider the wide range of positive reviews which are available on the internet, relating to our services.
UKVI Fee: The fees that are payable will depend on the length of stay. A Skilled Worker Visa for a period of up to 3 years carries an application fee of £610. A Skilled Worker Visa lasting for more than 3 years is £1,220. The Immigration Health Surcharge will be payable on top of this at a rate of £624 per year (plus conversion fees and those for using biometric submission centres and any additional services that an applicant opts for).
Curzon Green (London based client) Fee: £1800-£2500 plus VAT; or
Curzon Green (Buckinghamshire based client) Fee: £1200-£1800 plus VAT.
(Please note that VAT may not be payable where the applicant is not resident in the UK.)
Please do not hesitate to contact our team for advice on a precise fee for representation in your matter or with any queries that you may have.
Skilled Worker Visas – Consultancy Services:
Our charges for these consultancy services are outlined below.
Curzon Green (London based client) Fee: £250-£350 plus VAT per session which lasts up to an hour (depending on the experience of the person you book your consultation with); or
Curzon Green (Buckinghamshire based client) Fee: £200-£250 plus VAT per session which lasts up to an hour (depending on the experience of the person you book your consultation with).
If you are unsure as to which service might be appropriate for your matter, or have any other queries about our immigration services, we warmly invite you to contact our team of experienced practitioners. You can do this by clicking on the links below or by telephoning or emailing our offices. You can explain to the receptionists that you are seeking to speak with the immigration team.
Telephone our offices:
London: 020 3443 9576
High Wycombe: 01494 451355
Marlow: 01628 958445
Email our immigration practitioners: firstname.lastname@example.org