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 Your application will be withdrawn if you do.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.