A new system is being introduced for Skilled Workers to obtain a visa and moving to the UK is going to become even more simple, straight forward, and effective. The UK labour market thrives on immigrants who move to the UK from across the globe and with the new process for Skilled Workers, the move can be made in just over a month!
What Will Change for EEA Nationals?
Obviously, the new system will greatly affect EEA (European Economic Area) nationals and the process will not be as easy as before 1st January 2021. Before Brexit, EEA nationals would enjoy free movement into the UK, where they could choose to work and live. From 1st January 2021, all EEA nationals will have to apply for a visa in line with Skilled Workers from any other country. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom as the process is designed to make it easier for Skilled Workers to join the UK’s labour market.
Are You Eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa?
A Skilled Worker visa is the easiest way to get into the UK labour market from abroad and it is simple to do so. Firstly, you need to find an eligible job. The list of eligible jobs is varied and so it is likely that your chosen profession will be on the list.
Secondly, you need to check that the job you have been offered is going to pay you the ‘going’ rate for the work you will be doing. This makes sure you will be paid a reasonable salary.
Thirdly, you need make sure your prospective employer has been approved by the Home Office.
These are simple and easy to carry out before you even start your application. You can check if your job is eligible and the ‘going rate salary’ on the UK Immigration website. Your prospective employer will be able to tell you whether they are an approved employer.
What is the Process for Applying?
The application process has been streamlined for people eligible for a Skilled Worker visa. This makes it quick and easy to complete and you won’t be waiting long for a response.
To start your application you will need to register online to make it simple. You will have to prove your identity, which can usually be done using the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app. The app can be used to scan identity documents and makes the process quick and easy. The documents you will need to upload into the app are:
- The certificate of sponsorship reference number from your employer.
- Evidence of your English language requirements.
- A passport or document that shows your identity and nationality.
- The title of your job and salary.
- The job’s occupation code.
- The details of your employer and their sponsor licence.
Once you have uploaded the required documentation into the app, your application is ready to be submitted.
If you require a ‘biometric residence permit’ you will have to attend a visa application centre to have fingerprints and photographs taken. Once this has been completed, your application will be submitted.
How Long Do You Have to Wait?
The new system has been designed to make it easier for people to apply for a Skilled Worker visa. If you have all of your necessary documentation ready for your identity checks and your employment information, you can know the result of your application in under a month. On average, decisions take around three weeks and you will receive your result directly to your email. If you need to apply by attending a visa application centre, then the time frame can vary.
The UK is a desirable destination for people wanting to move abroad. The job market is great for career development and the eligibility criteria makes sure that anyone moving is paid a fair wage. With the new system making it even easier to get a visa as a Skilled Worker, what are you waiting for?
If you are looking for a job that will allow you to move to the UK and want to find an employer to sponsor you, let us help you find the perfect role!