You can apply for switching into skilled worker visa from inside the UK if you are already in the UK and you have been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) by a UK employer holding Skilled Worker Sponsor Licence. You can switch into skilled worker visa from inside the UK only if you are not currently in the UK with leave to remain from which switching is not permitted from inside the UK. An application for switching into skilled worker visa is made in accordance with requirements as set out in Appendix Skilled Workers, Appendix Skilled Occupations and Appendix Shortage Occupations List.

The Skilled Worker visa has replaced Tier 2 General Skilled Worker visa category from 1 December 2020. Unlike switching into Tier 2 General visa category, a Tier 2 ICT migrant can switch into Skilled Worker visa without any cooling off period and a Student can switch into Skilled Worker visa without completing a degree course in the UK as a student. Furthermore, there is no more requirement for the prospective sponsors / employers to comply with the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) before offering the job to a migrant skilled worker.

The Skilled Worker visa is a Point Based System (PBS) visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), job skill level, English language, appropriate Salary, Phd level qualifications, job in shortage occupation, and applicant being new entrant.

A total of 70 points are required to be eligible to apply for switching into Skilled Worker visa; 50 points from mandatory non-tradeable points and the remaining 20 from tradeable points.

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Our expert team of Skilled Worker visa solicitors are specialists in applications for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK. As one of the best Skilled Worker visa solicitors in London we have wealth of knowledge and experience to provide high quality fixed fee legal services for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK.

Priority or Super Priority Service For Switching Into Skilled Worker Visa

Our specialist team of Fast Track Immigration Solicitors can fast track your UK visa and immigration application to get you decision on your application faster under the Priority Service or Super Priority service. This way you will get decision on your application faster and will not to wait for a decision on your application for months (some time years).

Our fast track immigration solicitors can prepare your application faster and submit your application under the Priority Service or Super Priority Service to get you faster decision on your application.

As Fast Track Immigration Lawyers in London, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Priority Service or Super Priority Service for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI faster. An application submitted through Priority Service is normally decided within 5 working days and an application submitted through Super Priority Service is normally decided within 24 hours (usually by end of next working day).

Eligibility Requirements For Switching Into Skilled Worker Visa

To be eligible for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK, you should meet the following requirements:

Mandatory Non-Tradeable Points (50 Points Required)

The applicant must score 50 mandatory non-tradeable points to succeed in an application for switching into Skilled Worker visa and the remaining 20 can be scored from tradable points. The mandatory non-tradeable points are given in the table below:

Characterstics Points
Sponsorship 20
Job at appropriate skill level 20
English language skills at level B1 (intermediate) 10

Scoring 20 Mandatory Points For Sponsorship

The applicant can score 20 mandatory points for sponsorship if the following requirements are satisfied:

  • The applicant must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for the job they are planning to do.
  • The sponsor must be authorised by the Home Office to sponsor the job in question under the Skilled Worker route.
  • The sponsor must be listed as A-rated on the Home Office’s register of licensed sponsors, unless the applicant was last granted permission as a Skilled Worker and is applying to continue working for the same sponsor as in their last permission.
  • The sponsor must have paid in full any required Immigration Skills Charge.
  • The decision maker must not have reasonable grounds to believe the job the applicant is being sponsored to do:
    • does not exist; or
    • is a sham; or
    • has been created mainly so the applicant can apply for entry clearance or permission to stay.
  • The decision maker must not have reasonable grounds to believe the job the applicant is being sponsored to do amounts to:
    • the hire of the applicant to a third party who is not the sponsor to fill a position with that party, whether temporary or permanent; or
    • contract work to undertake an ongoing routine role or to provide an ongoing routine service for a third party who is not the sponsor, regardless of the nature or length of any arrangement between the sponsor and the third party.

Scoring 20 Mandatory Points For Appropriate Job Skill Level

The applicant can score 20 mandatory points for appropriate job skill level if the following requirements are satisfied:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an eligible occupation code listed in Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The sponsor must choose an appropriate occupation code, and the decision maker must not have reasonable grounds to believe the sponsor has chosen a less appropriate occupation code for any of the following reasons:
    • the most appropriate occupation code is not eligible under the Skilled Worker route; or
    • the most appropriate occupation code has a higher going rate than the proposed salary; or
    • the most appropriate occupation code is not a shortage occupation and the applicant is claiming points for a job in a shortage occupation; or
    • the most appropriate occupation code is not listed as “eligible for PhD points” in Table 1 of Appendix Skilled Occupations and the applicant is claiming points for an educational qualification.

Scoring 10 Mandatory Points For English Language

The applicant can score 10 mandatory points for English language if the following requirements are satisfied:

  • An applicant must show English language ability on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in all 4 components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) of at least level B1 (intermediate).
  • The applicant must show they meet the English language requirement as specified in Appendix English Language.

Tradeable Points  (20 Points Required)

The applicant must score at least 20 points from the tradable points for switching into Skilled Worker visa. The applicant may only score from one entry from each of the two sections of tradable points as given below:

Option Requirements To Score Points Points
A

The applicant’s salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £25,600 per year; and
  • the going rate for the occupation code.
20
B

Educational qualification: PhD in a subject relevant to the job and the applicant’s salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £23,040 per year; and
  • 90% of the going rate for the occupation code.

In this entry, 10 points will be awarded for the educational qualification and 10 points will be awarded for the applicant’s salary.

20
C

Educational qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job and the applicant’s salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £20,480 per year; and
  • 80% of the going rate for the occupation code.
20
D

Job in a shortage occupation and the applicant’s salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £20,480 per year; and
  • 80% of the going rate for the occupation code.
20
E

Applicant is a new entrant to the labour market and their salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £20,480 per year; and
  • 70% of the going rate for the occupation code.
20
F

Job in a listed health or education occupation and the applicant’s salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £20,480 per year; and
  • the going rate for the occupation code.

An applicant with a job in a listed health or education occupation can only be awarded 20 tradeable points from option F.

20

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option A

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points under option A:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate eligible occupation code listed in Table 1 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The salary for the job for which the applicant is being sponsored must equal or exceed both:
    • £25,600 per year; and
    • the going rate for the occupation code.

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option B

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points (10 points for PhD level qualification and 10 points for salary) under option B:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate occupation code listed as being “eligible for PhD points” in Table 1 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The applicant must have a UK PhD or other academic doctoral qualification, or an overseas academic qualification which UK NARIC confirms meets the recognised standard of a UK PhD.
  • The applicant’s sponsor must provide a credible explanation of how the qualification is relevant to the job for which the applicant is being sponsored.
  • If the applicant has been correctly awarded points for an educational qualification in a previous grant of permission as a Skilled Worker, the applicant does not need to provide evidence of the qualification again, but the sponsor must still provide the explanation of how the qualification is relevant to the job for which the applicant is being sponsored.
  • The applicant may only be awarded points for one qualification.
  • The salary for the job the applicant is being sponsored for must equal or exceed both:
    • £23,040 per year; and
    • 90% of the going rate for the occupation code.

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option C

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points under option C for a relevant educational qualification in a STEM subject and their salary:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate occupation code listed as being “eligible for PhD points” in Table 1 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The applicant must have a UK PhD or other academic doctoral qualification, or an overseas academic qualification which UK NARIC confirms meets the recognised standard of a UK PhD.
  • The applicant’s sponsor must provide a credible explanation of how the qualification is relevant to the job for which the applicant is being sponsored.
  • If the applicant has been correctly awarded points for an educational qualification in a previous grant of permission as a Skilled Worker, the applicant does not need to provide evidence of the qualification again, but the sponsor must still provide the explanation of how the qualification is relevant to the job for which the applicant is being sponsored.
  • The applicant may only be awarded points for one qualification.
  • The applicant’s sponsor must provide a credible explanation that the qualification in question is in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) subject.
  • The salary for the job the applicant is being sponsored for must equal or exceed both:
    • £20,480 per year; and
    • 80% of the going rate for the occupation code.

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option D

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points under option D for a job in a shortage occupation and their salary:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate eligible occupation code listed in Appendix Shortage Occupation List as being a shortage occupation in the nation of the UK where that job is based.
  • If, on or before the date the sponsor assigned the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the applicant, the applicant’s job was removed from Appendix Shortage Occupation List, both of the following conditions must be met:
    • the applicant’s most recent permission was as a Skilled Worker in which they were sponsored to work in a shortage occupation under the applicable rules at that time; and
    • the applicant is being sponsored to continue working in the same job for the same sponsor as in their previous permission.
  • The salary for the job the applicant is being sponsored for must equal or exceed both:
    • £20,480 per year; and
    • 80% of the going rate for the occupation code.

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option E

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points under option E for being a new entrant to the labour market and their salary:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate eligible occupation code listed in Table 1 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The applicant must meet one or more of the following requirements:
    • the applicant must be under the age of 26 on the date of application; or
    • the job offer must be for a postdoctoral position in any of the following occupation codes:
      • 2111 Chemical scientists
      • 2112 Biological scientists and biochemists
      • 2113 Physical scientists
      • 2114 Social and humanities scientists
      • 2119 Natural and social science professionals not elsewhere classified
      • 2311 Higher education teaching professionals; or
  • the job offer must be in a UK regulated profession and the applicant must be working towards a recognised professional qualification for that profession; or
  • the applicant must be working towards full registration or chartered status with the relevant professional body for the job they are being sponsored for; or
  • the application must be for permission to stay and the applicant’s most recent permission must have been as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant; or
  • all of the following conditions apply:
    • the applicant’s most recent permission was as a Student: and
    • that permission expired less than 2 years before the date of application; and
    • in that permission or any previous permission as a Student, the applicant was sponsored to study one of the following courses (not any other qualifications of an equivalent level):
      • a UK bachelor’s degree; or
      • a UK master’s degree; or
      • a UK PhD or other doctoral qualification; or
      • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE); or
      • a Professional Graduate Diploma of Education (PGDE); and
      • the applicant has completed (or is applying no more than 3 months before they are expected to complete) the degree course, or the applicant is studying a PhD and has completed at least 12 months study in the UK towards the PhD.
  • Granting the application must not mean the applicant’s combined permission as a Skilled Worker and/or Tier 2 Migrant would be more than 4 years in total, whether or not the permission is for a continuous period.
  • The salary for the job the applicant is being sponsored for must equal or exceed both:
    • £20,480 per year; and
    • 70% of the going rate for the occupation code.

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option F

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points under option F for a job in a listed health or education occupation and their salary:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate eligible occupation code listed in Table 2 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The salary for the job for which the applicant is being sponsored must equal or exceed both:
    • £20,480 per year; and
    • the going rate for the occupation code.
  • If the applicant is being sponsored for a job in the occupation code “2231 Nurses” or “2232 Midwives”, their salary may be temporarily (for up to 8 months) less than the £20,480 per year in either of the following circumstances:
    • the applicant has previously held Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration and is undertaking an NMC-approved programme with a view to returning to practice; or
    • the applicant is working towards NMC registration and all of the following conditions apply:
      • the applicant has passed the NMC’s English language requirements and Computer Based Test of competence, before the date of application; and
      • the applicant will sit an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) to obtain NMC registration no later than 3 months after the stated job start date. 
  • the sponsor must confirm that the applicant (non registered nurse or midwife) will stop being sponsored if they do not achieve full NMC registration within 8 months of the job start date (if the applicant was last granted permission as a as a nurse or midwife on the Skilled Worker route, the 8 months is counted from the start date of the job they were sponsored to do in their most recent permission); and
  • during the relevant 8 months, or until the applicant achieves NMC registration (if sooner), the applicant’s salary must be at least equal to the appropriate Agenda for Change Band 3 rate, as stated in Table 3 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.

Financial Requirement (Mandatory) For A Skilled Worker

  • If the applicant is applying for permission to stay and has been in the UK with permission for 12 months or longer on the date of application, they will meet the financial requirement and do not need to show funds.
  • If the applicant has been in the UK for less than 12 months on the date of application, either:
    • the applicant must have funds of at least £1,270; or
    • the sponsor must certify that they will, if necessary, maintain and accommodate the applicant up to the end of the first month of their employment, to an amount of at least £1,270.

Who Cannot Switch Into Skilled Worker Visa From Inside The UK?

You cannot apply to switch to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK if you are currently in the UK:

  • on a visit visa
  • on a short-term student visa
  • on a Parent of a Child Student visa
  • on a seasonal worker visa
  • on a domestic worker in a private household visa
  • on immigration bail
  • because you were given permission to stay outside the immigration rules, for example on compassionate grounds

You must leave the UK and apply for a Skilled Worker visa entry clearance from abroad if you are in one of the above listed visa categories.

Switching From ICT Visa To Skilled Worker Visa

Under the new points based system, an Intra Company Transfer (ICT) migrant is permitted to switch from ICT visa to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK. As specialist Skilled Worker visa solicitors, we can provide the required legal help and assistance with an application for switching from ICT visa to Skilled Worker visa. There is no cooling off period for switching from ICT visa to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK. Similarly, a person on ICT Dependant visa is also permitted to switch into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK.

Switching From Student Visa To Skilled Worker Visa

A person who is in the UK on Tier 4 General student / Student Visa can switch into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK. A student who switches into Skilled Worker visa upon completion of a degree course will apply for switching into Skilled Worker visa as a new entrant.

Under the new points based system for Skilled Workers, it is now possible for a Tier 4 General Student or Student to apply for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK even without completing a degree course.

Switching From Spouse / Partner Visa To Skilled Worker Visa

You can switch into skilled worker visa from inside the UK if you are currently in the UK on spouse / partner visa as a spouse of a British citizen or settled person. Also, you are permitted to switch into skilled worker visa from inside the UK if you are currently in the UK on dependant visa as a dependant of a person with work visa in the UK. It is very common for ICT dependants or Student dependants to switch into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK.

Our Fixed Fees For Skilled Worker Visa Applications

Our fixed fees for employer sponsored work visas are as given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fixed Fees Range
Full service for Entry Clearance for employer sponsored work visas to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) From £800 To £1,500 (no VAT)
Full service for switching into employer sponsored work visa from inside the UK through Priority or Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £800 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT
Full service for extension of employer sponsored work visa from inside the UK through Priority or Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £800 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT
Full service for ILR as an employer sponsored worker from inside the UK through Priority or Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your ILR application From £800 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for the application, the applicant also has to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.

Service Options For Your Immigration Application

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors and lawyers offer following service options for your UK visa and immigration application:

Full Service

Our immigration lawyers can provide full service for your immigration application for a fixed fee. Under the full service, our fast track immigration lawyers will carry out all the work on your immigration application until you get a decision on your application through priority or super priority service. Work to be carried out by our fast track immigration lawyers will include the following:

  • Advice on requirements: Our immigration solicitors will advise you on the relevant requirements you meet for your immigration application to succeed;
  • Documentary advice: Our immigration lawyers will prepare and email you a comprehensive list of supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
  • Assessing documents: Our immigration lawyers will assess your documents to make sure that all the documents you provide in support of your application are in accordance with the requirement of the immigration rules;
  • Completing the application form: Our immigration lawyers will complete the relevant application form your immigration application;
  • Submitting application through Priority or Super Priority Service: Where possible, our fast track immigration lawyers will submit your online immigration application through priority or super priority service to get faster decision on your immigration application;
  • Booking an appointment with the application centre: After the online submission of your immigration application, our fast track visa solicitors will book your appointment with the application centre for you to enrol your biometrics;
  • Detailed cover letter: Our specialist immigration solicitors will prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application to explain all the relevant legal requirements and how such requirements have been satisfied by the applicant with the documents being submitted with the application;
  • Uploading documents online: Before the biometrics enrolment date, our immigration lawyers will upload online all the supporting documents to be considered in support of the immigration application;
  • Follow up work: Our immigration lawyers will carry out all the follow up work until decision by the Home Office UKVI on the immigration application.

One-Off Immigration Services

Our specialist immigration lawyers can provide following one-off immigration services for in relation to your UK visa and immigration application:

Remote Legal Services For Your Immigration Matter

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors and lawyers can provide you with expert immigration advice and representations remotely from our offices in London. Using modern technology, our Fast Track Immigration Lawyers can handle your matter remotely without the need for you to visit our offices. Whilst we are more than happy to welcome clients into our offices, if this is their preference, we are proud to be able to offer our legal services remotely to save your time and travel cost.

  • We can provide immigration advice service remotely through Zoom / Skype / Phone / Microsoft Team etc to assess your matter fully and give you appropriate legal advice on your matter;
  • Following initial immigration advice, if you instruct us for your immigration matter, we can send you all relevant documents electronically for you to digitally sign and return the same to us;
  • You can send and receive all documents electronically in PDF format;
  • We will complete your application form and prepare any witness statement (where necessary) by sharing our computer screen with you in a Zoom / Microsoft Team meeting so that you are fully aware of all the information given in the form or statement;
  • We will keep you fully informed on the progress of your matter through active email correspondence.

Why Choose Us For Your Immigration Application?

  • Your immigration application will  be prepared by a specialist immigration solicitor with huge experience of 19 years and specialist knolwedge of immigration laws, requirements, documentary evidence and relevant procedures;
  • Your immigration application will be prepared in shortest possible time under the fast track service;
  • You will get decision on your application faster under the Priority or Super Priority Service;
  • If your application does not succeed for any reasons, our immigration lawyers will challenge the refusal with no additional cost. In the alternative, our immigration lawyers will prepare and submit a fresh application at no extra cost;
  • Our immigration solicitors and lawyers can provide you with expert legal advice and representations remotely from our offices in London. Using modern technology, we can handle your matter remotely without the need for you to visit our offices. Whilst we are more than happy to welcome clients into our offices, if this is their preference, we are proud to be able to offer our legal services remotely.

FAQs - Switching Into Skilled Worker Visa

Can I switch from ICT visa to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK?

Yes, you can switch from ICT or Tier 2 ICT visa to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK without any cooling off period. Your qualifying time for ILR will start from the time when you switch into Skilled Worker visa and you CANNOT combine the time previously spent on ICT visa when applying for ILR as a Skilled Worker.

Can I apply for switching into Skilled Worker visa using Priority or Super Priority Service?

You can apply for switching into Skilled Worker visa using Home Office UKVI Priority or Super Priority Service. If you apply using Priority Service, your application will be decided within 5 working days from the date of biometrics enrolment. If you apply using Super Priority Service, your application will normally be decided within 24 hours of biometrics enrolment.

Who is not permitted to switch into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK?

You cannot apply to switch to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK if you are currently in the UK:

  • on a visit visa
  • on a short-term student visa
  • on a Parent of a Child Student visa
  • on a seasonal worker visa
  • on a domestic worker in a private household visa
  • on immigration bail
  • because you were given permission to stay outside the immigration rules, for example on compassionate grounds

You must leave the UK and apply for a Skilled Worker visa from abroad if you are in one of the above listed visa categories.

Can I switch from Student visa to Skilled Worker visa without completing a degree course?

A student can switch into Skilled Worker visa without completing a degree course in the UK. However, if the student applies without completing a degree, the Student will not be able to apply as a new entrant unless the student is under the age of 26.

Can I switch from spouse visa to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK?

Yes, you can switch from spouse visa to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK if you are offered a skilled job by a UK employer holding Skilled Worker sponsor licence. If your prospective employer does not hold the sponsor licence, we can provide the required legal help and assistance with an application for sponsor licence so that your employer is able to sponsor your leave to remain under the Skilled Worker visa category.

Can I switch from Dependant visa to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK?

If you are in the UK as a dependent partner of a Student or Worker visa holder, you can apply for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK if you have a job offer for a skilled job from a UK employer holding skilled worker sponsor licence.

If your prospective employer does not hold the sponsor licence, we can provide the required legal help and assistance with an application for sponsor licence so that your employer is able to sponsor your leave to remain under the Skilled Worker visa category.

Can I work part time for my sponsor on Skilled Worker visa?

No, you cannot work part time on skilled worker visa. The job must be a full time job which means you should be sponsored to work for at least 30 hours per week. If you are sponsored to work for less than 30 hours per week, your application for Skilled Worker visa may be refused by the Home Office, UKVI.