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Switching Into Skilled Worker Visa

You can apply for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK if you are already in the UK under a visa category which allows you to switch your immigration status to Skilled Worker visa category. The Skilled Worker visa has replaced Tier 2 General Skilled Worker visa category from 1 December 2020. Unlike switching into Tier 2 General visa category, a Tier 2 ICT migrant can switch into Skilled Worker visa without any cooling off period and a Tier 4 General student or a Student can switch into Skilled Worker visa without completing a degree course in the UK as a student. Furthermore, there is no more requirement for the prospective sponsors / employers to comply with the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) before offering the job to a migrant skilled worker.

The Skilled Worker visa is a Point Based System (PBS) visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), job skill level, English language, appropriate Salary, Phd level qualifications, job in shortage occupation, and applicant being new entrant.

A total of 70 points are required to be eligible to apply for switching into Skilled Worker visa; 50 points from mandatory non-tradeable points and the remaining 20 from tradeable points.

Our expert team of Skilled Worker visa solicitors are specialists in applications for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK. As one of the best Skilled Worker visa solicitors in London we have wealth of knowledge and experience to provide high quality fixed fee legal services for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK. Ask a question to our expert Skilled Worker visa lawyers for free immigration advice or book an appointment for detailed immigration advice concerning your application for switching into Skilled Worker visa from within the UK.

Eligibility Requirements For Switching Into Skilled Worker Visa

To be eligible for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK, you should meet the following requirements:

  • You must not be in the UK with leave to enter or remain from which you cannot switch into skilled worker visa from inside the UK;
  • score 50 points from mandatory non-tradeable points;
  • score at least 20 points from tradeable points;
  • have funds for maintenance in the UK or your Skilled Worker sponsor has certified your maintenance in the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS);
  • meet the suitability criteria and not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.

Financial Requirement (Mandatory) For A Skilled Worker

  • If the applicant is applying for permission to stay and has been in the UK with permission for 12 months or longer on the date of application, they will meet the financial requirement and do not need to show funds.
  • If the applicant has been in the UK for less than 12 months on the date of application, either:
    • the applicant must have funds of at least £1,270; or
    • the sponsor must certify that they will, if necessary, maintain and accommodate the applicant up to the end of the first month of their employment, to an amount of at least £1,270.

Who Cannot Switch Into Skilled Worker Visa From Inside The UK?

You cannot apply to switch to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK if you are currently in the UK:

You must leave the UK and apply for a Skilled Worker visa from abroad if you are in one of the above listed visa categories.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Switching Into Skilled Worker Visa

As one of the expert immigration solicitors based in London, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the enrolment of biometrics at a designated service Centre.

Our immigration solicitors can prepare and submit your application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your immigration application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

How Can We Help For Switching Into Skilled Worker Visa?

Our specialist team of Skilled Worker visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your application for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK. As your appointed legal representatives for Skilled Worker visa application from inside the UK, our work can include the following:

  • assessing your eligibility for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK by considering all the relevant eligibility requirements;
  • assisting your prospective Skilled Worker sponsor with correctly assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to you;
  • advising on relevant documents to be submitted in support of the application;
  • assessing the documentary evidence including the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to ensure that the documents are in line with the Home Office UKVI requirements for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK;
  • completing online application form for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK;
  • preparing a detailed cover letter in support of your application to explain in detail how all the relevant requirements for switching into Skilled Worker visa have been satisfied by the applicant;
  • submitting the Skilled Worker application online, paying the Home Office UKVI fees for Skilled Worker visa application and booking applicant’s appointment with the UKVCAS application centre;
  • uploading all the supporting documents online in support of the Skilled Worker application;
  • doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office UKVI until decision is reached on your Skilled Worker application.

Our Fixed Fees For Switching Into Skilled Worker Visa

Our fixed fees for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK are as given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fixed Fees Range
Full service for switching into skilled worker visa from inside the UK to cover all the work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI From £800 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application for switching into skilled worker visa and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for switching into skilled worker visa from inside the UK, the applicant also has to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.

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