Our specialist team of work visa solicitors can provide immigration advice and legal representations for all types of UK work visa applications. Our work visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with their work visa applications and have the required legal expertise and competence to handle all types of UK work visa applications. Various UK work visas include temporary worker visas, short-term work visas, long term work visas, investor visas, business development visas, talent visas and other various work visas.

Our expert team of work visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your work visa application. Our work visa solicitors can provide legal help and assistance at all stages of work visa applications including applications for entry clearance for work visa, switching into work visa from inside the UK, renewal/extension of work visas and Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) on the basis of work visas.

Following are the various UK work visa categories for which, our expert team of work visa solicitors can provide expert immigration advice and legal representations:

FAQs - Domestic Worker Visa UK

What is overseas domestic worker visa for UK?

The Domestic Worker visa route is for an Overseas Domestic Worker who is seeking to come to the UK to work for up to a maximum of 6 months as a domestic worker with their current employer. 

Who are considered as domestic workers?

Domestic workers include:

  • cleaners
  • chauffeurs
  • cooks
  • those providing personal care for the employer and their family
  • nannies
Can a domestic worker bring his/her dependants with them to the UK?

Dependants are not permitted on Overseas Domestic Worker visa route.

How long will it take to process the domestic worker visa application?

You should get a decision on your domestic worker visa entry clearance application within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

Can I extend my domestic worker visa beyond 6 months?

A dometic worker may be able to extend his/her stay in the UK depending on the personal circumstances of the domestic worker and his/her employer. You can apply to extend your domestic worker visa in one of the following circumstances:

  • You can extend your domestic worker visa up to a maximum of 6 months if your intial entry as a domestic worker was granted for less than 6 months.
  • A domestic worker may be able to apply for extension of his/her stay in the UK on the basis of compelling and compassionate grounds outside the immigration rules if the circumstances of the Domestic Worker are exceptional.
  • A domestic worker may be able to apply for extension of his/her stay as a victim of modern slavery.

Extension On Human Rights Grounds

In exceptional circumstances, a domestic worker may be able to extend his/her stay in the UK on human rights grounds outside the Immigration Rules if the circumstances of the applicant are exceptional and compassionate. Every case will be dealt with according to its own invidual facts but succeeding in such cases outside the Immigration Rules and under Human Rights grounds is always going to be quite challenging. The best interests of any British or settled children who are being cared by the domestic worker and whose welfare and well-being may be seriously compromised if the Domestic Worker were to leave the UK and not provide the required care can be one of the factors to be argued in cases involving applications for extension outside the Immigration Rules.

Domestic Workers and Modern Slavery

Those who are admitted as an overseas domestic worker and are found to be the victim of slavery or human trafficking can apply for an extension of stay on that basis. There is also guidance on the circumstances in which enforcement action should be taken in respect of a person admitted as an overseas domestic worker and who is a potential victim of slavery or human trafficking.

What is the eligibility requirement for Overseas Domestic Worker visa?

You must prove that you:

  • are 19 or older
  • have worked for your employer for at least 1 year
  • work in the same household as your employer or one they use regularly
  • plan to travel to the UK with your employer, their partner or children
  • intend to work as a full-time domestic worker in a UK household your employer will live in
  • plan to leave the UK at the end of 6 months
  • are able to support yourself in the UK without the need for public funds

Your employer must be either a:

  • British citizen who usually lives outside the UK and who does not intend to remain in the UK for more than 6 months
  • foreign citizen who is coming to the UK on a visit and who does not intend to remain for more than 6 months

Your employer must also pay you at least the national minimum wage.

What documents I must provide for my domestic worker visa?

When you apply for Overseas Domestic Worker visa, you will need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • proof you can support yourself during your trip, for example bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months
  • a completed ‘Appendix domestic worker statement’ signed by both you and your employer
  • a letter from your employer confirming your job title, how long you’ve worked for them and that you’re a permanent employee

You will need to have a blank page in your passport on which to put the visa.

You must also provide 1 of the following documents covering the same period of employment:

  • pay slips or bank statements showing payment of salary
  • confirmation of tax paid
  • confirmation of health insurance paid
  • contract of employment
  • work visa, residence permit or equivalent passport endorsement for the country where you’re currently employed by your employer
  • visas or equivalent passport endorsement if you’ve travelled with your employer before

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances. Our specialist team of work visa solicitors can provide you with a comprehensive list of relevant documents you should submit in support of your Domestic Worker visa application.

You will need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.

How can I apply for Domestic Worker visa from outside the UK?

You can apply for Domestic Worker visa online from outside the UK.

You can apply for a domestic worker visa entry clearance up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.

What are my employment rights in the UK as a Domestic Worker?

When you work in the UK your employer must:

  • pay you an agreed rate, which must be at least the national minimum wage
  • not force you to work excessive hours
  • give you agreed holiday pay
  • give you the notice you’re entitled to if your employment ends

You should already have agreed your employment conditions with your employer and have a copy of these in writing. Your employer cannot change your employment conditions unless you agree.

What if I am a Domestic Worker who is a victim of Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery and human trafficking involve being forced to do something you do not want to do, usually by being hurt or threatened.

You may be forced to work for free or less than the minimum wage, get married or move to a country against your will.

You can apply to stay in the UK for up to 2 years, if both of the following apply:

  • you have a ‘conclusive grounds’ letter from the Single Competent Authority (SCA) confirming that you’re a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking
  • you entered the UK on an Overseas Domestic Worker visa, on a Domestic Worker in a Private Household visa, or as a private servant of a diplomat (known as a Temporary Work - International Agreement visa).

If you think you’re a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking you need to contact the police or another first responder organisation. They can help refer your case to the SCA. The SCA will decide if you’re a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking. They will send you a conclusive grounds letter confirming their decision.

You must apply online to stay in the UK as a victim of Modern Slavery within 28 days of getting confirmation from SCA that you are a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking.

FAQs - Skilled Worker Visa UK

What is a Skilled Worker visa UK?

A skilled worker visa is a work visa granted by the Home Office UKVI to a migrant skilled worker who is sponsored by a UK employer holding Skilled Worker sponsor licence so that the migrant skilled worker can come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible skilled job with the sponsoring employer. This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. According to paragraph 6 of the Immigration Rules, a “Skilled Worker” means a person who has, or had, permission under Appendix Skilled Worker, or as a Tier 2 (General) migrant under the rules in force before 1 December 2020.

Does Skilled Worker visa UK lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)?

Yes, Skilled Worker visa route is a settlement route and it leads to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) upon completion of 5 years in the UK

Is Skilled Worker visa and Tier 2 General visa the same or different?

The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. According to paragraph 6 of the Immigration Rules, a “Skilled Worker” means a person who has, or had, permission under Appendix Skilled Worker, or as a Tier 2 (General) migrant under the rules in force before 1 December 2020.

Any time spent on Tier 2 General visa is counted towards the 5 years qualifying period for ILR. If you are currently holding Tier 2 General and want to extend or apply for ILR, you will submit your application as a Skilled Worker.

Are Skilled Workers allowed to sponsor their dependants to stay with them in the UK?

A person on skilled worker visa is allowed to bring his partner and children under the age of 18 to the UK to stay with the skilled worker in the UK.

Which jobs are eligible skilled jobs for the purposes of Skilled Worker visa?

The relevant jobs for which Skilled Worker visa is possible are those listed in the Appendix Skilled Occupations and Appendix Shortage Occupations.

How can I apply for Skilled Worker visa UK?

You must apply online.

How you apply depends on whether you’re:

If you want to change your job or employer, you must apply to update your visa.

You can include your partner and children in your application to stay in the UK if they are eligible.

FAQs - Entry Clearance For Skilled Worker Visa

How can I apply for Skilled Worker visa from outside the UK?
What type of Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) do I need from my employer / sponsor to apply for Skilled Worker visa from outside the UK?

You employer should assign a defined Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for you to apply for Skilled Worker visa entry clearance from outside the UK?

How many points do I need to score to succeed in my application for skilled worker visa entry clearance?

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

What documents do I need to apply for skilled worker visa entry clearance?

When you apply you’ll need to provide:

  • your certificate of sponsorship reference number - your employer will give you this
  • proof of your knowledge of English
  • a valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality
  • your job title and annual salary
  • your job’s occupation code
  • the name of your employer and their sponsor licence number - this will be on your certificate of sponsorship

Depending on your circumstances, you might also be asked to provide:

You’ll need a blank page in your passport for your visa if you are:

  • from outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein but do not have a biometric passport with a chip in it

If your documents are not in English or Welsh you’ll also need to provide a certified translation.

Whar are the application validity requirements for skilled worker visa entry clearance?

An application for entry clearance for Skilled Worker visa must meet all the following requirements for validity of the application:

  • any fee and Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) must have been paid; and
  • the applicant must have provided any required biometrics; and
  • the applicant must have provided a passport or other travel document which satisfactorily establishes their identity and nationality; and
  • the applicant must have a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) that was issued to them by their sponsor no more than 3 months before the date of application;
  • The applicant must be aged 18 or over on the date of application;
  • An applicant applying for entry clearance who has received an award from a Government or international scholarship agency in the 12 months before the date of application which covers both fees and living costs for study in the UK, must have provided written consent to the application from that Government or agency.

An application which does not meet the validity requirements for a Skilled Worker is invalid and may be rejected and not considered.

What is a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for Skilled Worker visa entry clearance application?

The applicant must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for the job they are planning to do; which to be valid must:

  • confirm the applicant’s name, that they are being sponsored as a Skilled Worker, details of the job and salary the sponsor is offering them and PAYE details if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) requires income tax and National Insurance for the sponsored job to be paid via PAYE; and
  • if the application is for entry clearance, have been allocated by the Home Office to that sponsor for the specific job and salary details shown; and
  • include a start date, stated by the sponsor, which is no more than 3 months after the date of application; and
  • not have been used in a previous application which was either granted or refused (but can have been used in a previous application which was rejected as invalid, made void or withdrawn); and
  • not have been withdrawn by the sponsor or cancelled by the Home Office.
Is there any cooling off period for me to apply for Skilled Worker visa from outside the UK as I had Tier 2 General visa which just expired whilst I was outside the UK?

There is no cooling off period any more for you to apply for Skilled Worker visa from oustide the UK and you can apply for new Skilled Worker visa from outside the UK without any cooling off period.

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.

FAQs - Extension Of Skilled Worker Visa

Can I apply for extension / renewal of my Skilleds Worker visa using Super Priority Service for decision within 24 hours or Priority Service for decision within 5 working days?

You can renew / extend your Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK using Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) or using Priority Service (decision within 5 working days).

As specialist Skilled Worker visa solicitors, we can provide Super Priority Service or Priority Service for renewal of your Skilled Worker visa.

What are the eligibility requirements for extension / renewal of Skilled Worker visa?

To be eligible for extension of Skilled Worker visa / Tier 2 General visa, you should meet the following requirements:

  • You must be in the UK with leave to remain as a Tier 2 General migrant or as a Skilled Worker;
  • score 50 points from mandatory non-tradeable points;
  • score at least 20 points from tradeable points;
  • have have funds for maintenance in the UK or your Skilled Worker sponsor has certified your maintenance in the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS);
  • meet the suitability criteria and not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.
How many points do I need to score to qualify for extension / renewal of Skilled Worker visa?

A total of 70 points are required to be eligible to apply for extension of Skilled Worker visa / Tier 2 Generarl visa; 50 points from mandatory non-tradeable points and the remaining 20 from tradeable points.

How can I apply for renewal of my Skilled Worker visa if my new employer does not hold the skilled worker sponsor licence?

If your new or prospective employer does not hold the sponsor licence for Skilled Worker visa, your employer can apply for Skilled Worker sponsor licence to be able to sponsor you for renewal of your Skilled Worker visa. Our expert team of Sponsor licence solicitors can provide the required legal help and assistance to your prospective employer with an application for Skilled Worker sponsor licence application.

How can I extend my Tier 2 General visa?

The Tier 2 General visa category has been replaced by the Skilled Worker visa. You can extend or renew your Tier 2 General visa by making an application under the Skilled Worker visa category. Your employer / sponsor should assign you with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) so that you can apply for your visa renewal as a Skilled Worker.

What is the time limit to apply for renewal of Skilled Worker visa as a new entrant?

Applicants can be new entrants for a maximum of 4 years. The 4 years include time spent in any Tier 2 route or as a Skilled Worker, whether or not that permission was for a continuous period. An applicant cannot be considered as a new entrant for only part of the time they are applying for. If the applicant is applying for more than 4 years, or if granting the application would mean they would have more than 4 years’ permission in total (whether continuous or not) as a Tier 2 migrant and/or as a Skilled Worker, they cannot score tradeable points as a new entrant. They will need to score tradeable points in another way.  

What are my options if my application for renewal of Skilled Worker visa has been refused by the Home Office UKVI?

If your application for renewal / extension of Skilled Worker visa has been refused by the Home Office UKVI, you may have one of the following options available to you:

Option 1: You can file an Administrative Review (AR) against the refusal of your application if you believe that the Home Office caseworker has made a caseworking error in deciding your application for renewal of Skilled Wokrer visa. Our expert team of Skilled Worker visa solicitors can help you with your application for an Administrative Review (AR) of the Home Office UKVI refusal decision.

Option 2: You can submit a fresh application within 14 days (if your leave has already expired whilst the application was pending with the Home Office UKVI) by using a new Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) assigned by your employer to you. Our specialist skilled worker visa solicitors can provide the required legal help and assistance with your fresh application for extension of Skilled Worker visa after the refusal of your application.

Do I have to resign with my current employer before applying for extension of my Skilled Worker visa through my new employer?

No, you do not have to resign from your current job before applying for Skilled Worker visa extension through your new employer and you can resign and after you have been granted extension of your Skilled Worker visa.

If your application for Skilled Worker visa gets refused for any reasons, your current visa will remain intact and you can continue with your job with your current employer, if you so wish.

FAQs - Updating Skilled Worker Visa If You Change Your Job or Employer

Under what circumstances I need to apply to the Home Office UKVI to update my skilled worker visa?

You’ll need to apply to update your Skilled Worker or Tier 2 (General) work visa if:

  • you want to change your job and your new job is with a different employer
  • your job changes to a different occupation code, and you’re not in a graduate training programme
  • you leave a job that’s on the shortage occupation list for a job that is not on the list
Do I need to apply for updating my skilled worker visa if I change my job with my current sponsor/employer?

If you will be doing a different job for your current employer, you only need to apply to update your visa if your new job is in a different occupation code.

Do I have to update my skilled worker visa if I am adding a second job to my current visa?

You must apply to update your visa if you take on a second job that is either:

  • more than 20 paid hours a week in addition to the job you’re being sponsored for
  • in a different occupation code

Your second job must meet the eligibility requirements and you’ll need a new certificate of sponsorship to prove this.

You do not need to apply to update your visa if you’re taking on additional work in the same occupation code or you’ll be doing less than 20 paid hours a week.

When can I apply to update my skilled worker visa?

You can apply to update your visa up to 3 months before the start date of your new job.

Can I continue working for my current employer / sponsor while my application for updating skilled worker visa is pending with the Home Office UKVI?

You can continue working in your current job while your new application is being considered, or to work out your notice period - as long as you apply before your current visa expires.

When can I start job with my new employer / sponsor?

You should not start your new job until you have got confirmation of your leave to remain as a skilled worker as a result of an application for updating skilled worker visa.

Can I lease the UK and travel abroad while my application for updating skilled worker visa is pending with the Home Office UKVI?

You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.

Can I apply for updating my skilled worker visa using Fast Track visa service?

You can apply for updating your Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK using Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) or using Priority Service (decision within 5 working days).

As specialist Skilled Worker visa solicitors, we can provide Super Priority Service or Priority Service for updating your Skilled Worker visa.

What are the eligibility requirements for updating my skilled worker visa?

To be eligible for updating Skilled Worker visa / Tier 2 General visa, you should meet the following requirements:

  • You must be in the UK with leave to remain as a Tier 2 General migrant or as a Skilled Worker;
  • Your must be either:
    • changing your job and your new job is with a different employer
    • changing your job to a different occupation code, and you are not in a graduate training programme
    • leaving a job that is on the shortage occupation list for a job that is not on the list
  • score 50 points from mandatory non-tradeable points;
  • score at least 20 points from tradeable points;
  • have have funds for maintenance in the UK or your Skilled Worker sponsor has certified your maintenance in the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS);
  • meet the suitability criteria and not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.
How many points do I need to score to qualify for updating my Skilled Worker visa?

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

How can I apply for updating my Skilled Worker visa if my new employer does not hold the skilled worker sponsor licence?

If your new or prospective employer does not hold the sponsor licence for Skilled Worker visa, your employer can apply for Skilled Worker sponsor licence to be able to sponsor you for updating your Skilled Worker visa.

Our expert team of Sponsor licence solicitors can provide the required legal help and assistance to your prospective employer with an application for Skilled Worker sponsor licence application.

Do I have to resign with my current employer before applying for updating my Skilled Worker visa through my new employer?

No, you do not have to resign from your current job before applying for updating your Skilled Worker visa through your new employer and you can resign after your application for updating skilled worker visa has been approved by the Home Office, UKVI.

If your application for Skilled Worker visa gets refused for any reasons, your current visa will remain intact and you can continue with your job with your current employer, if you so wish.

Can I extend my Tier 2 General or Skilled Worker visa beyond 6 years?

Following changes in the Immigration Rules with effect from 1 December 2020, there is no time limit set by the Home Office UKVI as to maximum period for which a person can extend his/her Skilled Worker visa. It is therefore possible for a person to extend Tier 2 General or Skilled Worker beyond 6 years if for any reasons an application for ILR cannot succeed for the time being and the extension application is the only option available.

FAQs - ILR Skilled Worker

When can I apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker 28 days before you complete 5 years qualifying period for ILR.

How can I apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker online using application form SET (O).

Can I apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker using Super Priority Service or Priority Service?

You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker using Super Priority Service for decision within 24 hours or using Priority Service for decision within 5 working days.

Our specialist team of Skilled Worker visa solicitors can provide expert legal help and assistance with your application for ILR as a Skilled Worker.

What is the qualifying period requirement for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

The applicant must have spent a continuous period of 5 years in the UK, consisting of time with permission in any of, or any combination of, the following routes:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Global Talent
  • Innovator
  • T2 Minister of Religion / Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)
  • T2 Sportsperson / Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
  • Representative of an Overseas Business
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Investor)
  • Tier 1 (General)

The most recent permission must have been in either the Skilled Worker or Tier 2 (General) route. An applicant does not need to have switched from Tier 2 (General) to Skilled Worker before applying for settlement as a Skilled Worker, as the definition of Skilled Worker in the Immigration Rules includes those with permission in the Tier 2 (General) route.

What is the continuous residence requirement for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

The applicant must meet the continuous residence requirement as set out in Appendix Continuous Residence during the qualifying period for ILR as a Skilled Worker / Tier 2 General Migrant.

Do I need to meet the Life in the UK test and English language requirement for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

To apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker, you must meet the Knowledge of Life in the UK requirement as set out in Appendix KOL UK.

You do not need to meet an English language requirement for settlement, as you will have met this requirement in your previous Skilled Worker visa application.

Can I combine time spent under ECAA Turkish Worker visa or Turkish ECAA Businessperson visa with time spent under Skilled Worker visa to apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

No, you are not allowed to combine time spent under ECAA Turkish Worker visa or ECAA Turkish Businessperson visa with time spent under Skilled Worker visa to apply for ILR after 5 years as a Skilled Worker. Your qualifying time for ILR as a Skilled Worker will start from scratch once you switch from ECAA Turkish Wroker visa or ECAA Turkish Businessperson visa to Skilled Worker visa.