Since 1 December 2020, this visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. This permit allows eligible applicants to stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved sponsor/employer. In order to apply for the Skilled Worker Visa you must have a job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid sponsor licence. You must do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations and be paid a minimum salary depending on the type of work you do. You are expected to be able to speak, read, write and understand English. You are permitted to an additional part-time employment, voluntary work and study with restrictions. Your spouse/ partner and children may join or remain with you in UK as dependants. Generally, they may work and study in the UK subject to certain restrictions.
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship. As part of your application, you will need to prove your identity and provide your documents. When you have completed your application, you will usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks if you are applying from outside the UK or 8 weeks if you are applying from inside the UK.
As a Skilled Worker migrant, you may have right to apply for settlement, after five years of continuous residence in the UK.