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The Skilled Worker category enables UK employers with an appropriate sponsor licence to recruit or continue to employ skilled non-British or Irish citizens in a specific job. It is the most popular route of entry and stay for work purposes.
It is also open to multinational employers to sponsor existing non-British or Irish citizen employees of an overseas-linked entity under Skilled Worker even if they would meet the requirements for the Intra-Company Transfer routes. In most cases the eligibility requirements are less restrictive, and there is the option of settlement, in the Skilled Worker route.
The Skilled Worker route replaces Tier 2 (General) in the post-Brexit immigration system, but it is significantly less restrictive than its predecessor. In particular:
the annual limit on certain types of Certificate of Sponsorship has been ‘suspended’
the minimum skill level has been reduced from RVQ Level 6 (graduate level) to RVQ Level 3 (A level)
the resident labour market test has been removed
the minimum salary levels have been reduced, including the general threshold from £30,000 to £25,600
the 12-month cooling off period and six-year maximum length of stay have been removed
the switching criteria have been made less restrictive, eg it is now possible to switch from Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer)
the restriction on ownership of the sponsor by the sponsored migrant has been removed—Tier 2 (General) contained a
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