general work visa

This visa has replaced the Tier 2 General Work Visa.

A Skilled Worker Visa allows you to come to the UK to be employed with an approved employer.

For you to be eligible for this type of visa, you must demonstrate the following:

  1. You must have a ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’ from your employer which includes information about the role you have been offered to do.
  2. You must be employed for a job that is on the list of eligible occupations.
  3. You must be paid a minimum salary (this depends on the job you do)
  4. You must work for a UK employer that has been approved by the Home Office.
  5. You must have a good knowledge of the English language.

This visa can last up to 5 years before you need to extend it. When your visa is due to expire, you will need to apply to either extend it or update it if there have been any changes in your employment (such as a change in jobs or employer).

After 5 years you may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Applying from outside the UK

If you are applying from outside the UK, once you have provided your identity and provided your documents, you will usually get a decision within 3 weeks.


Applying from inside the UK

If you are applying from inside the UK, you will get a decision within 8 weeks of your application date.
There are some limitations of this visa category. Be advised of these before you apply under this route. Please note that you cannot apply for benefits or change jobs or employers unless you apply to update your visa.


  • Make sure you have a confirmed job offer from your employer before you apply for your visa.
  • Make sure you have evidence to prove that you meet the English language requirement.
  • Ensure that your employer has been listed under the Home Office Approved Employers.
  • Check if you need a Tuberculosis test result certificate.


  • Do not underestimate the complexity of this application.
  • Do not forget to prepare the correct evidence you need.
  • Do not forget a detailed cover letter to accompany your application.
  • Do not fail to pay the application fee and the healthcare surcharge.
  • Do not fail to prove that you meet the financial requirements.
  • Do not forget your employer’s sponsor license number.

If you are not eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa, you may still be eligible for another type of visa to work in the UK. Get in touch with our immigration lawyers today for a free consultation to help you decide the best visa route for you. Our team have expert knowledge in these applications and can guide you correctly to ensure a positive result. At Kalsi Solicitors, we have no desire to provide dishonest advice – if we do not feel your application will be successful, we will tell you and help you find another route.

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