The Skilled Worker Visa replaced the Tier 2 General Visa category on 1 December 2020.
Please note that current Tier 2 migrants are not required to switch, but should instead apply for Further Leave to Remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain as a Skilled Worker, when it is time to extend or apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
An applicant will need to accrue 70 points (50 points are mandatory) in order to qualify for a Skilled Worker visa. The job must be genuine and the applicant must have the relevant experience, skills and qualifications to do it.
Requirements for a Skilled Worker Visa
An applicant will still need to meet the following requirements:
Skilled Worker extension of stay in the UK
Migrants wishing to extend their visa in the UK, must meet the requirements similar to those for entry clearance such as:
Settlement in the UK
Leave to enter/remain as a Skilled Worker may lead to settlement upon completion of 5 years in the UK subject to meeting the relevant requirements. Applicants can include time spent in the visa categories listed below, as part of the 5-year period.
Applicants will need to meet similar requirements to those for their extension application. In addition, applicants are allowed absences of no more than 180 days per year, over the 5-year period. This includes business trips and holidays.
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