The UK has recently relaxed the eligibility requirements for Skilled Worker Visas, making it easier for students to switch from a Student Visa to a Skilled Worker Visa as an alternative to the Graduate Visa route.
Under the updated rules, individuals no longer need a degree-level qualification to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa. As long as you have received a job offer from a Home Office-approved employer you will be eligible to apply, even if you have not obtained your degree. This gives more flexibility to those looking to work in the UK and means students can apply for a Skilled Worker Visa without having to complete their degree (unlike a Graduate Visa which gives you permission to stay in the UK only after successfully completing your course).
This change makes Skilled Worker Visas more accessible to a wider range of individuals who can contribute to the UK economy. It is seen by many as a positive step to attract talented workers from across the globe to the UK, helping address the shortage in the workforce that the country has faced since Brexit.
A Skilled Worker Visa is an attractive option for those looking to work in the UK long-term. It allows individuals to stay in the UK for up to five years and they can also bring eligible dependants with them.
Skilled Worker Visas are aimed at individuals who want to pursue an eligible job with an approved employer. In order to apply there are certain requirements you must meet such as:
• Have a confirmed job offer from 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
• Be planning to do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations
• Be paid a minimum salary – how much will depend on the type of work you do
• Be able to speak, read, write and understand English and be able to prove this on request
The UK government has stated that they want to attract the best and brightest to the country, and the relaxation of Skilled Worker Visa requirements is a key step towards this goal. Giving international students more options when it comes to living and working in the UK will make it easier for them to plan their futures.
If you would like any more information about Student Visas or Skilled Worker Visas get in touch with one of our immigration experts. We will be able to help you with every step of applying for and obtaining your visa.