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Skilled Worker Visa: Your Gateway to UK Employment

At Guden Solicitors, we understand the importance of securing employment opportunities in the UK, and our Skilled Worker Visa service is designed to facilitate your journey towards working with approved employers in the country. This visa, which has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa, offers you the chance to not only work on land but also in the UK waters. Let's explore the details of this visa and how we can assist you in obtaining it.


The Skilled Worker Visa is your ticket to engaging in eligible employment with an approved UK employer. If you possess the required skills and expertise, this visa allows you to pursue your career goals in the UK while adhering to the necessary regulations. Formerly known as the Tier 2 (General) work visa, this pathway is now streamlined to provide a smoother experience for skilled workers like you.


To qualify for the Skilled Worker Visa, you need to fulfil specific criteria:
Approved Employer: You must work for a UK employer approved by the Home Office.

Certificate of Sponsorship: You need a 'certificate of sponsorship' from your employer detailing the role you've been offered in the UK.

Eligible Occupation: Your job must fall under the list of eligible occupations.

Minimum Salary: The minimum salary requirement depends on the type of work you'll be engaged in.

Knowledge of English

You must possess a certain level of English proficiency to qualify for the Skilled Worker Visa. This includes the ability to speak, read, write, and understand English. Generally, you'll need to prove your English language skills during the application process.

Duration and Renewal

Your Skilled Worker Visa can be granted for up to 5 years before requiring an extension. You'll need to apply for an extension or update your visa if it's expiring or if you're changing jobs or employers.

Existing Job Offers

If you already have a job offer from an approved UK employer, they will assess your eligibility and provide you with a 'certificate of sponsorship,' which is essential for your visa application. This electronic record includes a reference number necessary for your application.

English Language Proficiency

Unless you've already demonstrated your English language proficiency in a successful previous visa application, you'll need to prove your abilities. This includes being able to read, write, speak, and understand English to at least level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.

Your Professional Journey Starts Here

At Guden Solicitors, we understand the significance of securing employment in the UK. Our Skilled Worker Visa service is designed to provide you with the legal guidance you need to smoothly navigate the application process. We specialize in ensuring that your skills and expertise are properly showcased, increasing your chances of obtaining this vital visa. Contact us today to take the first step towards a successful and fulfilling career in the United Kingdom.