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Application for a United Kingdom Skilled Worker Visa

A skilled worker visa is a long-term visa that allows you to stay in the United Kingdom to work at an eligible job for an approved employer,

If you want to qualify for a skilled worker visa, you must:

  • Work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
  • Have a certificate of sponsorship from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • Have a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations
  • Be paid a minimum salary

United Kingdom Skilled Worker Visa Requirements, Forms & Documentation

You must provide the following forms and documents when you apply for a UK work visa:

  • Your certificate of sponsorship’s reference number
  • Proof of your English knowledge
  • A valid passport or other documents that show 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

Additional requirements include:

  • Proof you have sufficient funds to support yourself in the UK.
  • Proof of your relationship with your partner or children if they’re applying with you
  • Your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
  • A criminal record certificate if you’re working in a particular field
  • A valid ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate if your employer tells you that you need one
  • Your UK PhD certificate or your unique Ecctis reference number
  • A certificate from each country you’ve lived in. If you are 28 or younger, you’ll need to provide the certificate from all countries you’ve stayed in for 12 months since you turned 18.
  • If you are older, you’ll need to provide this from any countries you’ve stayed in during the last 10 years.

You can bring your partner and children to the United Kingdom on a skilled work visa. However, you must apply for them separately.


  • Partners must prove that you’ve been in a civil relationship or marriage recognised in the UK.
  • They must also prove that you’ve been living together in a relationship for at least two years when they apply.


  • Children 16 years old or older must prove that they live with you.
  • They must provide that they’re not married, in a civil partnership, or have any children.
  • You must financially support your child.

How to Apply for a United Kingdom Skilled Worker Visa

Applications must be submitted online.
You’ll need your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Initially, your skilled worker visa is valid for up to five years before you can apply for an extension.

You can extend the visa as many times as you like, provided you continue to meet the visa requirements.

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