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Uk skilled worker Visa

Kickstart your career in the UK

The Skilled Worker Visa is a point-based work visa issued to highly skilled workers from outside the UK, who have a job offer from a UK employer, for a job that is listed on the Shortage Occupations List. This visa allows applicants to enter the UK on a long term basis to fill a skilled job vacancy in a wide range of skilled occupations including IT, accountancy, teaching, and healthcare. 

To apply for this visa, applicants must have a job offer from a UK employer who holds a valid sponsorship licence and is approved by the Home Office. Applicants will be assigned an electronic certificate of sponsorship, with information about the job offered, the salary and the start and end date of the employment.

This visa is open to individuals of all nationalities who have an offer of an eligible skilled job in the UK. Holders of this visa can bring their dependents to the UK on a Skilled Worker Dependent Visa.

Processing Time

You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within three weeks if you apply from outside the UK. However, the whole pre-application process will take longer, as we ensure that all the documents and requirements are met.

Requirements for a Skilled Worker Visa

To be eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa, the applicant must score a minimum of 70 points in total. This includes 50 points for mandatory or ‘non-tradeable’ criteria, and 20 points for ‘tradeable’ criteria.

other Requirements

Work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office. 

Have a Certificate of Sponsorship from the employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK.

The job is at an appropriate skill level. 

Meet the English language requirement.

Have an offer for a qualifying job that meets the relevant salary threshold.

Have sufficient personal savings to support yourself.

Provide a criminal record certificate, if required.

How Long Can You Stay in the UK?

The Skilled Work Visas is valid for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years. You’ll need to apply to extend or update your visa when it expires or if you change jobs or employer.

Visa Extension

You can apply to extend your visa as many times as you like as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements and have the same job as when you were given your permission to enter the UK.

Apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

You will be able to apply for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after five years in the Skilled Worker Visa category. This visa gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like and apply for benefits if you’re eligible.

 General Skilled Worker Job List

Use these lists to check if the experience and qualifications you have match those that are eligible for the Skilled Worker Visa in the UK (updated December 2020), and to check what roles are most in demand.



1115: Chief executives and senior officials

1121: Production managers and directors in manufacturing

1122: Production managers and directors in construction

1123: Production managers and directors in mining and energy

1131: Financial managers and directors

1132: Marketing and sales directors

1133: Purchasing managers and directors

1134: Advertising and public relations directors

1135: Human resource managers and directors

1136: Information technology and telecommunications directors

1139: Functional managers and directors not elsewhere classified

1150: Financial institution managers and directors

1161: Managers and directors in transport and distribution

1162: Managers and directors in storage and warehousing

1172: Senior police officers

1173: Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services

1181: Health services and public health managers and directors

1184: Social services managers and directors

1190: Managers and directors in retail and wholesale

1211: Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture

1213: Managers and proprietors in forestry, fishing and related services

1221: Hotel and accommodation managers and proprietors

1223: Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors

1224: Publicans and managers of licensed premises

1225: Leisure and sports managers

1226: Travel agency managers and proprietors

1241: Health care practice managers

1242: Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors

1251: Property, housing and estate managers

1252: Garage managers and proprietors

1253: Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

1254: Shopkeepers and proprietors – wholesale and retail

1255: Waste disposal and environmental services managers

1259: Managers and proprietors in other services not elsewhere classified

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

2121: Civil engineers

2123: Electrical engineers

2124: Electronics engineers

2126: Design and development engineers

2127: Production and process engineers

2129: Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified

2133: IT specialist managers

2134: IT project and programme managers

2135: IT business analysts, architects and systems designers

2136: Programmers and software development professionals

2137: Web design and development professionals

2139: Information technology and telecommunications professionals not elsewhere classified

2141: Conservation professionals

2142: Environment professionals

2150: Research and development managers

2211: Medical practitioners

2212: Psychologists

2213: Pharmacists

2214: Ophthalmic opticians

2215: Dental practitioners

2216: Veterinarians

2217: Medical radiographers

2218: Podiatrists, Chiropodist

2219: Health professionals not elsewhere classified

2221: Physiotherapists

2222: Occupational therapists

2223: Speech and language therapists

2229: Therapy professionals not elsewhere classified

2231: Nurses

2232: Midwives

2311: Higher education teaching professionals

2312: Further education teaching professionals

2314: Secondary education teaching professionals

2315: Primary and nursery education teaching professionals

2316: Special needs education teaching professionals

2317: Senior professionals of educational establishments

2318: Education advisers and school inspectors

2319: Teaching and other educational professionals not elsewhere classified

2413: Solicitors

2419: Legal professionals not elsewhere classified

2421: Chartered and certified accountants

2423: Management consultants and business analysts

2424: Business and financial project management professionals

2425: Actuaries, economists and statisticians

2426: Business and related research professionals

2429: Business, research and administrative professionals not elsewhere classified

2431: Architects

2432: Town planning officers

2433: Quantity surveyors

2434: Chartered surveyors

2435: Chartered architectural technologists

2436: Construction project managers and related professionals

2442: Social workers

2443: Probation officers

2449: Welfare professionals not elsewhere classified

2451: Librarians

2452: Archivists and curators

2461: Quality control and planning engineers

2462: Quality assurance and regulatory professionals

2463: Environmental health professionals

2471: Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors

2472: Public relations professionals

2473: Advertising accounts managers and creative directors

3111: Laboratory technicians

3112: Electrical and electronics technicians

3113: Engineering technicians

3114: Building and civil engineering technicians

3115: Quality assurance technicians

3116: Planning, process and production technicians

3119: Science, engineering and production technicians not elsewhere classified

3121: Architectural and town planning technicians

3122: Draughtspersons

3131: IT operations technicians

3132: IT user support technicians

3213: Paramedics

3216: Dispensing opticians

3217: Pharmaceutical technicians

3218: Medical and dental technicians

3219: Health associate professionals not elsewhere classified

3231: Youth and community workers

3234: Housing officers

3235: Counsellors

3239: Welfare and housing associate professionals not elsewhere classified

3312: Police officers (sergeant and below)

3313: Fire service officers (watch manager and below)

3319: Protective service associate professionals not elsewhere classified

3411: Artists

3412: Authors, writers and translators

3413: Actors, entertainers and presenters

3414: Dancers and choreographers

3415: Musicians

3416: Arts officers, producers and directors

3417: Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators

3421: Graphic designers

3422: Product, clothing and related designers

3443: Fitness instructors

3511: Air traffic controllers

3512: Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

3513: Ship and hovercraft officers

3520: Legal associate professionals

3531: Estimators, valuers and assessors

3532: Brokers

3533: Insurance underwriters

3534: Finance and investment analysts and advisers

3535: Taxation experts

3536: Importers and exporters

3537: Financial and accounting technicians

3538: Financial accounts managers

3539: Business and related associate professionals not elsewhere classified

3541: Buyers and procurement officers

3542: Business sales executives

3543: Marketing associate professionals

3544: Estate agents and auctioneers

3545: Sales accounts and business development managers

3546: Conference and exhibition managers and organisers

3550: Conservation and environmental associate professionals

3561: Public services associate professionals

3562: Human resources and industrial relations officers

3563: Vocational and industrial trainers and instructors

3564: Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists

3565: Inspectors of standards and regulations

3567: Health and safety officers

4112: National government administrative occupations

4114: Officers of nongovernmental organisations

4134: Transport and distribution clerks and assistants

4151: Sales administrators

4161: Office managers

4214: Company secretaries

4215: Personal assistants and other secretaries

5111: Farmers

5112: Horticultural trades

5113: Gardeners and landscape gardeners

5114: Grounds-men and green-keepers

5119: Agricultural and fishing trades not elsewhere classified

5211: Smiths and forge workers

5212: Moulders, core makers and die casters

5213: Sheet metal workers

5214: Metal plate workers, and riveters

5215: Welding trades

5216: Pipe fitters

5221: Metal machining

5222: Tool makers, tool fitters and markers-out

5223: Metal working production and maintenance fitters

5224: Precision instrument makers and repairers

5225: Air-conditioning and refrigeration engineers

5231: Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians

5232: Vehicle body builders and repairers

5234: Vehicle paint technicians

5235: Aircraft maintenance and related trades

5236: Boat and ship builders and repairers

5237: Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers

5241: Electricians and electrical fitters

5242: Telecommunications engineers

5244: TV, video and audio engineers

5245: IT engineers

5249: Electrical and electronic trades not elsewhere classified

5250: Skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades supervisors

5311: Steel erectors

5312: Bricklayers and masons

5313: Roofers, roof tilers and slaters

5314: Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers

5315: Carpenters and joiners

5316: Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters

5319: Construction and building trades not elsewhere classified

5321: Plasterers

5322: Floorers and wall tilers

5323: Painters and decorators

5330: Construction and building trades supervisors

5411: Weavers and knitters

5412: Upholsterers

5413: Footwear and leather working trades

5414: Tailors and dressmakers

5419: Textiles, garments and related trades not elsewhere classified

5421: Pre-press technicians

5422: Printers

5423: Print finishing and binding workers

5431: Butchers

5432: Bakers and flour confectioners

5433: Fishmongers and poultry dressers

5434: Chefs

5436: Catering and bar managers

5441: Glass and ceramics makers, decorators and finishers

5442: Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers

5443: Florists

5449: Other skilled trades not elsewhere classified

6121: Nursery nurses and assistants

6122: Childminders and related occupations

6123: Play workers

6125: Teaching assistants

6126: Educational support assistants

6131: Veterinary nurses

6139: Animal care services occupations not elsewhere classified

6141: Nursing auxiliaries and assistants

6143: Dental nurses

6144: Houseparents and residential wardens

6146: Senior care workers

6214: Air travel assistants

6215: Rail travel assistants

7125: Merchandisers and window dressers

7130: Sales supervisors

7215: Market research interviewers

7220: Customer service managers and supervisors

8124: Energy plant operatives

8126: Water and sewerage plant operatives

8215: Driving instructors

8232: Marine and waterways transport operatives


2111: Chemical scientists – only jobs in the nuclear industry

2112: Biological scientists and biochemists – all jobs

2113: Physical scientists – only the following jobs in the construction-related ground engineering industry:

engineering geologist



2113: Physical scientists – only the following jobs in the oil and gas industry:





technical services manager in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry

senior resource geologist and staff geologist in the mining sector

2114: Social and humanities scientists – only archaeologists

2121: Civil engineers – all jobs

2122: Mechanical engineers – all jobs

2123: Electrical engineers – all jobs

2124: Electronics engineers – all jobs

2126: Design and development engineers – all jobs

2127: Production and process engineers – all jobs

2129: Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified – all jobs

2135: IT business analysts, architects and systems designers – all jobs

2136: Programmers and software development professionals – all jobs

2137: Web design and development professionals – all jobs

2139: Information technology and communications professionals not elsewhere classified – only cyber security specialists

2216: Veterinarians – all jobs

2425: Actuaries, economists and statisticians – only bio-informaticians and informaticians

2431: Architects – all jobs

2461: Quality control and planning engineers – all jobs

3411: Artists – all jobs

3414: Dancers and choreographers – only skilled classical ballet dancers or skilled contemporary dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK ballet or contemporary dance companies.

The company must be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a UK industry body such as the Arts Councils (of England, Scotland or Wales).

3415: Musicians – only skilled orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, and who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras.

The orchestra must be endorsed as being internationally recognised by the Association of British Orchestras.

3416: Arts officers, producers and directors – all jobs

3421: Graphic designers – all jobs

5215: Welding trades – only high integrity pipe welders, where the job requires 3 or more years’ related on-the-job experience

5434: Chefs – only skilled chefs where all of the following requirements are met:

the pay for which points are awarded is at least £29,570 per year; and

the job requires 5 or more years’ relevant experience in a role of at least equivalent status; and

the job is not in either a fast food or standard fare outlet; and

the job is in one of the following roles:

executive chef – limited to 1 per establishment

head chef – limited to 1 per establishment

sous chef – limited to 1 for every 4 kitchen staff per establishment

specialist chef – limited to 1 per speciality per establishment

New opportunities

New Frontiers. New Lives.

The post-Brexit landscape has opened the door to a wealth of work opportunities in the UK. There is an acute shortage of skilled jobs in industries from engineering to IT to graphic design. So if you’d like to explore new challenges in new vistas, apply for a Skilled Worker Visa and be part of the new global talent that will help the UK to achieve its post-pandemic growth targets and economic expansion.