You can use the Super Priority Service for your Skilled Worker visa application to get a faster decision within 24 hours rather than waiting for several months.
When you apply for a Skilled Worker visa, you might be eligible to choose the 'super priority service' or 'priority service' to get your visa faster depending on the type of application and what country you're in.
Our fast-track immigration lawyer in Manchester can provide legal advice and assistance with your fast-track Skilled Worker visa application.
Table of Contents
- What is a UK Skilled Worker visa?
- Eligibility requirements for UK Skilled Worker visa
- Skilled Worker visa super priority service
- Skilled Worker visa priority service
- Skilled Worker visa processing times inside the UK
- Skilled Worker visa processing times outside the UK
- Immigration lawyer for the Skiller Worker visa applications
- Need legal advice or help from an immigration lawyer?
What is a UK Skilled Worker visa?
The Skilled Worker visa is a long-term UK work visa category that allows Skilled workers to come to the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer. The Skilled Worker visa is designed to attract skilled workers who can contribute to the UK's economy and fill shortages in certain occupations.
This visa replaced the Tier 2 (General) visa in December 2020 as part of the UK's new immigration system.
Eligibility requirements for UK Skilled Worker visa
To be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Job offer: The applicant must have a job offer from a UK employer who holds a valid sponsor license. The job offer must meet the skill level requirement and be on the list of eligible occupations for skilled work.
- Certificate of sponsorship: The employer must provide a certificate of sponsorship, which confirms that the applicant has a genuine job offer.
- Salary requirement: The applicant must be paid at least the minimum salary threshold for the job they are offered, which varies depending on the occupation and skill level.
- Skill level: The job must be at RQF level 3 or above, which generally requires at least A-levels or equivalent qualifications. Some skilled jobs require higher qualifications.
- English language: The applicant must meet English language requirements, either by passing an approved English language test, or by holding a degree taught in English, or by being a national of a majority English-speaking country.
- Financial requirement: The applicant must show that they can support themselves in the UK without relying on public funds.
- Criminal record: The applicant must not have any criminal convictions or a history of unacceptable behaviour.
You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements depending on type of application and your personal circumstances. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.
Skilled Worker visa super priority service
You may be eligible to use the “super priority service” to get a faster decision by the end of the next working day (within 24 hours). You'll need to pay £1,000 in addition to the UK visa application fee.
Skilled Worker visa priority service
You may be able to choose the 'priority service' when you apply for a UK visa to get a faster decision within 5 working days. You'll need to pay £500 in addition to the UK visa application fee.
Skilled Worker visa processing times inside the UK
You should get a decision on your UK Skilled Worker visa within 8 weeks if you are making the visa application from inside the UK by using standard service.
Skilled Worker visa processing times outside the UK
For those applying for a Skilled Worker visa from outside of the UK using the standard service, the Home Office (UKVI) aims to process visa applications within 3 weeks.
Immigration lawyer for the Skiller Worker visa applications
As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:
- assess your eligibility for the relevant visa type by fully considering your circumstances;
- advise you on the required supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
- assess all the documents to ensure that the documents you provide are as per the requirements of the Immigration Rules;
- advise you on strengths and potential weaknesses in your visa application and how you can overcome such weaknesses if any;
- complete the online immigration draft application form to share it with you for cross-checking;
- submit your application online and schedule your biometrics appointments with the relevant commercial partner of the UKVI;
- prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application explaining in detail how you are meeting all the requirements of the Immigration Rules so that you have the maximum chances of succeeding in your visa application;
- upload all the supporting documents online in support of the immigration application in their correct format and order;
- dealing and responding to any caseworker enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office caseworker for any further documents or information concerning your pending immigration application;
- do all the follow-up work on your immigration application until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.