Sponsored employee: applying under Skilled Worker

The following Immigration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Sponsored employee: applying under Skilled Worker
  • Key resources at a glance
  • Eligibility (points-based)—English language (10 points)
  • Eligibility (non points-based)—financial requirement
  • 12 months previous permission
  • Sponsor certification
  • Evidence of funds
  • Eligibility (non points-based)—entry clearance only
  • Entry clearance and TB screening
  • Criminal records certificates
  • More...

Sponsored employee: applying under Skilled Worker

The Skilled Worker route enables UK employers, with an appropriate sponsor licence, to recruit or continue to employ skilled non-British or Irish nationals. It is the most popular route of entry and stay for work purposes.

The Practice Note: Sponsoring an employee under Skilled Worker looks at eligibility aspects which relate to the issue of a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) by the sponsor (including skill level and salary). Once issued a CoS, assuming they are otherwise eligible, the applicant can then apply for entry clearance or permission to stay. This Practice Note examines the following aspects of the application which relate to the applicant:

  1. English-language, financial, and criminal record requirements

  2. suitability requirements

  3. validity requirements

  4. period and conditions of permission

  5. dependants, and

  6. applications for settlement after five years

Note that applications for entry clearance by EEA and Swiss nationals (referred to here collectively as EEA nationals) will only be granted to take effect from 1 January 2021. Applications for permission stay made by EEA nationals before 11 pm on 31 December 2020 will be invalid, and rejected.

Key resources at a glance

Immigration RulesImmigration Rules, Appendix Skilled Worker
Immigration Rules, Appendix English Language
Immigration Rules, Appendix Finance
Immigration Rules, Appendix Continuous Residence
Immigration Rules, Appendix KOL UK
Home Office guidanceWorkers and Temporary Workers Sponsor Guidance, Sponsor a Skilled Worker
Skilled Worker

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