Sponsoring an employee under Skilled Worker

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

  • Sponsoring an employee under Skilled Worker
  • Key resources at a glance
  • Transitional arrangements for Tier 2 (General) CoS
  • Procedure for sponsoring a employee
  • Considering alternative immigration options
  • Sponsorship—20 points
  • Valid Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Start date
  • Other sponsorship requirements
  • Defined and undefined Certificates of Sponsorship
  • More...

Sponsoring an employee 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 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:

  1. the annual limit on certain types of Certificate of Sponsorship has been ‘suspended’

  2. the minimum skill level has been reduced from RQF Level 6 (graduate level) to RQF Level 3 (A level)

  3. the resident labour market test has been removed

  4. the minimum salary levels have been reduced, including the general threshold from £30,000 to £25,600

  5. the 12-month cooling off period and six-year maximum length of stay have been removed

  6. the switching criteria have been made less restrictive, eg it is now possible to switch from Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer)

  7. the restriction on ownership of the sponsor by the sponsored migrant has been

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