All students who are about to complete their university feel excited and light-headed on the notion of graduation. For students in the UK who are close to completing their university education, there’s a crucial dilemma that most of the students need to grapple with. This is the question of staying back in the UK for work or heading back home.
Obtaining a UK skilled worker visa may be an appealing choice for some students. The UK offers skilled worker visa permits after the university education which lasts for about 2 years. A UK skilled worker visa permits you to remain in the UK and work for a living with an authorized organization. If you are looking forward to making the UK your new home, the skilled worker program can also act as your doorway to obtaining permanent residence.
Eligibility notions for UK Work Visa:
There are certain eligibility criteria and requirements that the student needs to fulfill in order to remain in the UK and work post-study. These criteria include:
- Have a UK employer who is authorized by the Home Office.
- Obtain a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your company, as well as all relevant details about the employment you’ve been given in the UK.
- Your job should be listed on the ‘list of eligible occupations.
In order to check whether your job and occupation is qualifies for your application, you need to check your work’s occupation code using the ONS occupation coding tool and compare it to the database of eligible jobs.
You will also be required to demonstrate your competence in English, which includes the ability to read, write, and speak the language in order to communicate effectively.
You will be ineligible to apply for a work visa on the following grounds:
- On a visit visa
- On a short-term student visa
- On a Parent of a Child Student visa
- On a seasonal worker visa
- On a domestic worker in a private household visa
- An immigration bail
- Been given permission to stay outside the immigration rules, for example, on compassionate grounds
If you fall into any of these categories, you must leave the UK and apply for a UK Skilled Worker visa from abroad, according to the government. The UK skilled worker visa can be extended or renewed for up to five years. When your visa expires or if you move jobs or employers, you can also update it.
If you apply for the work permit from the UK visa the student visa pathway to a skilled worker program, the fees for renewing, or upgrading your visa are:
- Up to three years – £704
- More than three years – £1,408
You must pay the healthcare surcharge per year of your stay, which is normally £624 per year.
You may additionally be charged £19.20 to have your biometrics (fingerprints and a photograph) taken.
As evidence that you can support yourself in the UK, you would need at least £1,270 in your bank account. You will normally be required to present proof of this when applying, unless:
- You’ve been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months
- Your employer has covered your costs during your first month in the UK, up to £1,270
You will need to provide confirmation of your identification to complete your application. You must do the following:
- At a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point, provide your fingerprints and a photograph (biometric information). This is to obtain a biometric residence permit; alternatively,
- Scan your identity documents with the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app. You’ll then create or log into your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account.
Applicants need not worry much about the documents. You will be informed and briefed upon at the time of application with regard to the documentation.
Please keep in mind that you must apply before your existing visa expires. After you’ve begun your application, you could also save your application form and return to it later to finish it.
The outcome normally takes eight weeks from the date of your UK skilled worker visa application. If your application will take longer than expected, you will be notified. This may happen due to:
- Your supporting documents require more verification.
- You must have to undergo an interview.
- Your personal circumstances, for example, if you have a criminal record
When you apply, you will be told if you can pay for a speedier decision.