As specialist work visa solicitors, we can provide expert immigration advice and legal representations for all types of UK work visa applications.

Thinking of applying for UK work visa? Contact our expert team of work visa solicitors for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your work visa application. Sunrise Solicitors specialise in all types of UK work visas. Our expert team of work visa solicitors can provide legal help and assistance at all stages of work visa applications including applications for entry clearance for work visa, switching into work visa from inside the UK, renewal/extension of work visas and Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) on the basis of work visas.

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Our expert team of immigration solicitors can provide legal help and assistance for the following UK work visa categories:

Long Term Work Visas Based On Sponsorship From UK Employer

Long term work visas as listed below are based on sponsorship from a Home Office approved UK employer. With the exception of ICT visa, all long term work visa as mentioned below lead to ILR after 5 years residence in the UK. Following are the various long term work visa categories for which our work visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration advice and legal representations:

Investor, Business Development and Talent Visas

These visas are for highly skilled individuals who wish to invest in the UK and become entrepreneurs or provide highly skilled services in their field of expertise. Most of these work visas lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.

Short Term Temporary Work Visas

The short-term temporary work visas are granted for a temporary period and do not lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). It is possible to switch from most of the temporary short-term work visas to long term work visas from inside the UK.

Other Work Visas

The following are other various work visas. All the below mentioned visas lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK after completion of 5 years residence in the UK under the relevant work visa.

Our Services For Challenging The Refusal Of Work Visa Application

As specialist work visa solicitors, we can provide the immigration advice and legal representations for challenging the refusal of a work visa application. Following are the various legal services provided by our expert team of work visa solicitors for challenging the refusal of a work visa application:

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FAQs - T5 Worker Visa As An Employee Of Overseas Government Or International Organisation

What are the eligibility requirements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an employee of overseas Government or recoginised International Organisation?

The applicant should meet the following requirements to apply for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an overseas employee of overseas Government and International Organisation:

  • The applicant must have a valid certificate of sponsorship (CoS) assigned to him by his T5 Sponsor.
  • The applicant must be under a contract of employment with the overseas government or international organisation.
  • The applicant must have personal savings so that he can support himself when he arrives in the UK.
  • The applicant can show that he can travel and his travel history over the last 5 years.
  • The applicant must not fall for refusal under general grounds for refusal.
  • The applicant must have tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
Can someone who is exempt from immigration control apply for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an employee of overseas Government or recoginised International Organisation?

The applicant must not be exempt from immigration control. Before granting T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an overseas employee of overseas Government or recognised international organisation, the Home Office UKVI will check to see if the worker may qualify for an exempt vignette. If they are not exempt, they can be sponsored on the International Agreement Worker visa route. 

What is the financial requirement to apply for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an employee of overseas Government or recoginised International Organisation?

Where the applicant is applying for entry clearance or permission to stay and 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 applicant’s A rated sponsor must confirm on the Certificate of Sponsorship that they will, if it is necessary, maintain and accommodate the applicant up to the end of the first month of their employment for an amount of at least £1,270. The applicant must show that they have held the required level of funds for a 28-day period and as specified in Appendix Finance.
What are the points based requirements to apply for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an employee of overseas Government or recoginised International Organisation?

T5 International Agreement Worker visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and funds for maintenance. A T5 International Agreement Worker should score 40 points in total to qualify for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement Worker visa. The breakdown of the required points for T5 International Agreement Worker visa entry clearance is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

30
Funds for maintenance 10
Total Points 40
What is the permitted period of stay under T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an employee of overseas Government or recoginised International Organisation?
  • If the application is for entry clearance as an employee of an overseas government or organisation, the applicant will be granted either:
    • the period of the role on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period; or
    • 24 months,
  1. whichever is shorter.
  • Unless paragraph IA 14.5 of Appendix T5 International Agreement Workers of the Immigration Rules applies, if the application is for entry clearance or permission to stay as an employee of an overseas government or international organisation, the applicant will be granted either:
    • the period of the role on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period; or
    • the difference between the period the applicant has already spent in the UK since their last grant of permission on a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) route and 24 months,

whichever is shorter.

FAQs - Switching Into T2 Minister Of Religion Visa

Can I switch from T5 Religious Worker visa to T2 Minister of Religion visa from inside the UK?

Yes, you can switch from T5 Religious Worker visa to T2 Minister of Religion visa from inside the UK.

Can I apply for switching into T2 Minister of Religion visa using Super Priority Service?

Yes, you can apply for switching into T2 Minister of Religion visa from inside the UK using Super Priority Service whereby your application will be decided by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of biometrics enrolment date.

Can I switch from Student visa to T2 Minister of Religion visa from inside the UK?

Yes, a Student visa holder can switch into T2 Minister of Religion visa from inside the UK.

FAQs - T5 International Agreement Worker Visa Route

What is T5 International Agreement Worker visa route?

The International Agreement Worker route is for a person who wants to come to the UK to provide a service covered under international law, such as private servants in diplomatic households, employees of overseas governments and international organisations, or under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) or another agreement under which the UK has commitments.

For how long a person can stay in the UK under T5 International Agreement Worker visa route?

The maximum period of entry clearance that can be grantedon this route is 24 months at a time.

However, private servants in diplomatic households may apply to extend their stay for 24 months at a time up to a total of 5 years.

A Contractual Service Supplier (CSS) or Independent Professional (IP) can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 6 months in any 12-month period, unless they are:

  • providing services under the Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 12 months in any 24-month period
  • providing services under the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum of 12 months
Is T5 International Agreement Worker visa route a route to settlement?

No, the International Agreement route is not a route to settlement.

Can I switch into T5 International Agreement Worker visa from inside the UK?

Individuals in the UK on another immigration route are not permitted to switch (change immigration category) to the International Agreement Worker route.

FAQs - T5 Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS) Visa UK

Which countries are members and signatories of CARIFORUM agreement?

In the case of ‘CARIFORUM’, the relevant countries are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Dominican Republic
  • St Lucia
  • The Bahamas
  • Grenada
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Barbados
  • Guyana
  • Suriname
  • Belize
  • Jamaica
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Dominica
  • St Kitts and Nevis
What are the relevant EU Countries for the purposes of T5 International Agreement worker for Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS)?
Austria France Malta
Belgium Germany Netherlands
Bulgaria Greece Poland
Croatia Hungary Portugal
Republic of Cyprus Ireland Romania
Czech Republic Italy Slovakia
Denmark Latvia Slovenia
Estonia Lithuania Spain
Finland Luxembourg Sweden
What are the relevant countries for "LDC Waiver" international agreement?
Afghanistan Guinea Nepal
Angola Guinea-Bissau Niger
Bangladesh Haiti Rwanda
Benin Lao People's Democratic Republic Samoa
Burkina Faso Lesotho Senegal
Burundi Liberia Sierra Leone
Cambodia Madagascar Solomon Islands
Central African Republic Malawi Togo
Chad Mali Uganda
Democratic Republic of Congo Mauritania United Republic of Tanzania
Djibouti Mozambique Yemen
Gambia Myanmar Zambia
Who can apply for Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS) visa for UK under T5 International agreement visa category?

You can apply for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement worker visa as a Contractual Service Supplier (CSS) if you are employed by a company based outside the UK that has a contract to supply services to their sponsor in the UK. When a sponsor issues a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to a  contractual service supplier (CSS), they guarantee that service falls within scope of the commitments in the relevant agreement under which they are supplying a service. 

What are the relevant international trade agreements agreements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa for Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS)?
  • The General Agreement on Trade in Service (GATS)
  • UK-Chile Association Agreement
  • CARIFORUM-UKEconomic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Georgia Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
  • UK-Ukraine Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Moldova Strategic Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • UK-Andean Trade Agreement
  • UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement
  • UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Switzerland Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility
  • UK-European Union Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Least Developed Country (LDC) services waiver –these are additional commitments notified to the World Trade Organisation by the UK in respect of service suppliers of least developed countries
What are the points based requirements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa for Contractual Service Suppliers (CSS)?

T5 International Agreement Worker visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and funds for maintenance. A T5 International Agreement Worker should score 40 points in total to qualify for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement Worker visa. The breakdown of the required points for T5 International Agreement Worker visa entry clearance is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

30
Funds for maintenance 10
Total Points 40
Can I switch into T5 International Agreement Worker visa as a Contractual Service Supplier (CSS) from inside the UK?

No, you cannot switch into T5 International Agreement Worker visa as Contractual Service Supplier (CSS) from inside the UK and you have to apply for entry clearance from outside the UK.

For what period visa will be granted to me as a result of my successful application for entry clearance as a Contractual Service Supplier (CSS)?

A Contractual Service Supplier (CSS) can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 6 months in any 12-month period, unless they are:

  • providing services under the Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 12 months in any 24-month period
  • providing services under the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum of 12 months

FAQs - T5 Independent Professional (IP) Work Visa

What is T5 International Agreement Worker visa for Independent Professionals (IP)?

T5 International Agreement worker visa as an Independent Professional (IP) is for a self-employed person, with no commercial presence inside the UK and who has a contract to supply services to his sponsor in the UK. When a sponsor issues a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to an Independent Professional (IP), they guarantee that service falls within scope of the commitments in the relevant agreement under which they are supplying a service. The Home Office UKVI will check that the sector the service is being supplied in is included in the relevant agreement via the tables in Annex IAW1 of the Sponsor an International Agreement Worker guidance.

What is the financial requirement for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an Independent Professional (IP)?

Where the applicant is applying for entry clearance or permission to stay and 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 applicant’s A rated sponsor must confirm on the Certificate of Sponsorship that they will, if it is necessary, maintain and accommodate the applicant up to the end of the first month of their employment for an amount of at least £1,270. The applicant must show that they have held the required level of funds for a 28-day period and as specified in Appendix Finance.
What are the relevant international trade agreements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an Independent Professional (IP)?
  • CARIFORUM-UKEconomic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Georgia Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
  • UK-Ukraine Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Moldova Strategic Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • UK-Andean Trade Agreement
  • UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement
  • UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
  • UK-Switzerland Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility
  • UK-European Union Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Least Developed Country (LDC) services waiver –these are additional commitments notified to the World Trade Organisation by the UK in respect of service suppliers of least developed countries
What are the points based requirement for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as an Independent Professional (IP)?

T5 International Agreement Worker visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and funds for maintenance. A T5 International Agreement Worker should score 40 points in total to qualify for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement Worker visa. The breakdown of the required points for T5 International Agreement Worker visa entry clearance is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

30
Funds for maintenance 10
Total Points 40
What is the permitted period of stay granted to an Independent Professional granted T5 International Agreement Worker visa?

An Independent Professional (IP) can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 6 months in any 12-month period, unless they are:

  • providing services under the Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum length of stay of 12 months in any 24-month period
  • providing services under the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement, in which case they can be granted up to a maximum of 12 months
Which countries are members and signatories of CARIFORUM agreement?

In the case of ‘CARIFORUM’, the relevant countries are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Dominican Republic
  • St Lucia
  • The Bahamas
  • Grenada
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Barbados
  • Guyana
  • Suriname
  • Belize
  • Jamaica
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Dominica
  • St Kitts and Nevis
What are the relevant EU Countries for the purposes of T5 International Agreement worker as an Independent Professional (IP)?
Austria France Malta
Belgium Germany Netherlands
Bulgaria Greece Poland
Croatia Hungary Portugal
Republic of Cyprus Ireland Romania
Czech Republic Italy Slovakia
Denmark Latvia Slovenia
Estonia Lithuania Spain
Finland Luxembourg Sweden
What are the relevant countries for "LDC Waiver" international agreement?
Afghanistan Guinea Nepal
Angola Guinea-Bissau Niger
Bangladesh Haiti Rwanda
Benin Lao People's Democratic Republic Samoa
Burkina Faso Lesotho Senegal
Burundi Liberia Sierra Leone
Cambodia Madagascar Solomon Islands
Central African Republic Malawi Togo
Chad Mali Uganda
Democratic Republic of Congo Mauritania United Republic of Tanzania
Djibouti Mozambique Yemen
Gambia Myanmar Zambia

FAQs - T5 Worker Visa As A Private Servant In A Diplomatic Household

Who can apply for T5 International Agreement worker as a private servant in a diplomatic household?

You can apply for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement worker visa as a private servant in a diplomatic household if you have been sponsored by the UK sponsor for your services as a private servant. 

What are the employment terms and conditions to apply for T5 International Agreement worker visa as a private servant in a diplomatic household?
  • The applicant must be paid at least the level of the national minimum wage throughout their stay.
  • The applicant must provide the evidence of employment terms and conditions as set out in Appendix 7.
  • The applicant must provide a signed statement from the sponsor confirming that the role will not constitute work done in relation to the employer’s family household within the meaning of regulation 57 of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015.
  • The applicant must not intend to undertake any other role for the sponsor other than as a private servant in the specified household.
  • The applicant must intend to work full time in the role they are being sponsored for.
  • The applicant must not be a relative of the employer, or employer’s spouse, either by blood or by marriage (including but not limited to, the spouse or unmarried partner, child, parent, grandparent or sibling of either the employer or the employer’s spouse).
What are the financial requirements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as a private servant in a diplomatic household?

Where the applicant is applying for entry clearance or permission to stay and 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 applicant’s A rated sponsor must confirm on the Certificate of Sponsorship that they will, if it is necessary, maintain and accommodate the applicant up to the end of the first month of their employment for an amount of at least £1,270. The applicant must show that they have held the required level of funds for a 28-day period and as specified in Appendix Finance.
What are the points based requirements for T5 International Agreement Worker visa as a private servant in a diplomatic household?

T5 International Agreement Worker visa is a Points Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and funds for maintenance. A T5 International Agreement Worker should score 40 points in total to qualify for entry clearance for T5 International Agreement Worker visa. The breakdown of the required points for T5 International Agreement Worker visa entry clearance is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

30
Funds for maintenance 10
Total Points 40
What is the permitted period of stay in the UK under T5 International Agreement Worker visa as a private servant in a diplomatic household?
  • If the application is for entry clearance as a private servant in a diplomatic household, the applicant will be granted either:
    • the period of the role on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period; or
    • 24 months,
  1. whichever is shorter.
  • Unless paragraph IA 14.5 of Appendix T5 International Agreement Workers of the Immigration Rules applies, if the application is for entry clearance or permission to stay as a private servant in a diplomatic household, the applicant will be granted either:
    • the period of the role on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period; or
    • the difference between the period the applicant has already spent in the UK since their last grant of permission on a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) route and 24 months,

whichever is shorter.

  • If the applicant is a private servant in a diplomatic household who has spent more than 3 years continuously in the UK as a T5 Temporary Worker and their application is for permission to stay, the applicant will be granted either:
    • the period of the role on the Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days before and 14 days after that period; or
    • the difference between the period the applicant has already spent in the UK since their first grant of permission on a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) route and 5 years,
  1. whichever is shorter.

FAQs - Frontier Worker Visa UK

Who can apply for Frontier Worker Visa UK?

You can only apply for a Frontier Worker permit if you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and you:

  • live outside the UK
  • meet the requirements for working in the UK
How can you meet living outside the UK requirement?

You must live ‘primarily’ outside of the UK. How you meet this requirement depends on how much time you’ve spent here since 1 January 2020.

You’ll be eligible if you’ve spent less than 180 days in total in the UK over the course of any 12 month period.

If you’ve spent 180 days or more in the UK within 12 months

You’ll still be eligible if, in that 12 month period, you returned to the country you live in at least either:

  • once every 6 months
  • twice in the 12 month period

You’ll still be able to apply if there are exceptional circumstances meaning you could not travel to your country of residence in this period, such as an illness or accident.

How can you satisfy working in the UK requirement for Frontier Worker visa UK?

You must:

  • have started working in the UK while living elsewhere by 31 December 2020, either as an employed or self-employed person
  • do eligible work
  • usually have worked in the UK (as an employed or self-employed person) at least once every 12 months since you started working here

Eligible work

You’ll be eligible as long as your work in the UK is ‘genuine and effective’. This means it must be more than small, one-off tasks, such as:

  • an interview
  • taking part in a one-off competition or audition
  • signing a contract

If you’re not sure if your work is eligible, the Home Office has guidance on what counts as genuine and effective work.

If you’ve been unable to work or unemployed in the UK during a 12 month period

You might still be eligible if you’ve been unemployed or not worked during this time because you were:

  • temporarily unable to work because of an illness or accident
  • temporarily unable to work because you were pregnant or had given birth
  • unable to come to the UK and work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • voluntarily unemployed and doing vocational training related to your last occupation
  • involuntarily unemployed, and either looking for work in the UK or doing vocational training

This is known as having ‘retained worker’ or ‘retained self-employed person’ status.

If you became involuntarily unemployed and are looking for work, you’ll keep your status for:

  • 6 months if you worked in the UK for less than a year before becoming unemployed
  • as long as you continue to look for work, if you worked in the UK for a year or more before becoming unemployed

You’ll need to be registered as a jobseeker with an employment office (such as Jobcentre Plus) and provide evidence that you’re looking for work in the UK.

What documents will be rquired to apply for Frontier Worker visa UK?

When you apply you’ll need a valid passport or national identity card.

You’ll be told which documents you need to provide when you apply. Some depend on whether you’re employed or self-employed, for example:

  • an employment contract, or contracts to work in the UK
  • payslips, or copies of invoices for work carried out in the UK

If you have ‘retained’ status, you’ll be asked for evidence for which criteria you meet. For example, a letter from a doctor if you have an illness, or copies of recent job applications if you’re unemployed and seeking work.

The Home Office has more examples of the types of evidence you will be asked for.

How can I prove my identity for Frontier Worker visa UK?

As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity. How you do this depends on what identity document you use and whether you can use the UK Immigration: ID check app.

You’ll either:

  • use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document (you’ll also create or sign into your UK Visas and Immigration account)
  • have your photograph and fingerprints taken at a visa application centre (if you’re applying from outside the UK and cannot use the smartphone app)
  • have your photograph taken at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point (if you’re applying from inside the UK and cannot use the smartphone app)

You will be told what you need to do when you apply.

How can I apply for Frontier Worker visa UK?

You can apply for Frontier Worker visa from outside the UK if you are outside the UK.

If you are inside the UK, you can apply for Frontier Worker visa from inside the UK.

FAQs - Extension / Renewal Of Skilled Worker Visa

Can I apply for extension / renewal of my Skilleds Worker visa using Super Priority Service for decision within 24 hours or Priority Service for decision within 5 working days?

You can renew / extend your Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK using Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) or using Priority Service (decision within 5 working days).

As specialist Skilled Worker visa solicitors, we can provide Super Priority Service or Priority Service for renewal of your Skilled Worker visa.

What are the eligibility requirements for extension / renewal of Skilled Worker visa?

To be eligible for extension of Skilled Worker visa / Tier 2 General visa, you should meet the following requirements:

How many points do I need to score to qualify for extension / renewal of Skilled Worker visa?

A total of 70 points are required to be eligible to apply for extension of Skilled Worker visa / Tier 2 Generarl visa; 50 points from mandatory non-tradeable points and the remaining 20 from tradeable points.

How can I apply for renewal of my Skilled Worker visa if my new employer does not hold the skilled worker sponsor licence?

If your new or prospective employer does not hold the sponsor licence for Skilled Worker visa, your employer can apply for Skilled Worker sponsor licence to be able to sponsor you for renewal of your Skilled Worker visa. Our expert team of Sponsor licence solicitors can provide the required legal help and assistance to your prospective employer with an application for Skilled Worker sponsor licence application.

How can I extend my Tier 2 General visa?

The Tier 2 General visa category has been replaced by the Skilled Worker visa. You can extend or renew your Tier 2 General visa by making an application under the Skilled Worker visa category. Your employer / sponsor should assign you with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) so that you can apply for your visa renewal as a Skilled Worker.

What is the time limit to apply for renewal of Skilled Worker visa as a new entrant?

Applicants can be new entrants for a maximum of 4 years. The 4 years include time spent in any Tier 2 route or as a Skilled Worker, whether or not that permission was for a continuous period. An applicant cannot be considered as a new entrant for only part of the time they are applying for. If the applicant is applying for more than 4 years, or if granting the application would mean they would have more than 4 years’ permission in total (whether continuous or not) as a Tier 2 migrant and/or as a Skilled Worker, they cannot score tradeable points as a new entrant. They will need to score tradeable points in another way.  

What are my options if my application for renewal of Skilled Worker visa has been refused by the Home Office UKVI?

If your application for renewal / extension of Skilled Worker visa has been refused by the Home Office UKVI, you may have one of the following options available to you:

Option 1: You can file an Administrative Review (AR) against the refusal of your application if you believe that the Home Office caseworker has made a caseworking error in deciding your application for renewal of Skilled Wokrer visa. Our expert team of Skilled Worker visa solicitors can help you with your application for an Administrative Review (AR) of the Home Office UKVI refusal decision.

Option 2: You can submit a fresh application within 14 days (if your leave has already expired whilst the application was pending with the Home Office UKVI) by using a new Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) assigned by your employer to you. Our specialist skilled worker visa solicitors can provide the required legal help and assistance with your fresh application for extension of Skilled Worker visa after the refusal of your application.

Do I have to resign with my current employer before applying for extension of my Skilled Worker visa through my new employer?

No, you do not have to resign from your current job before applying for Skilled Worker visa extension through your new employer and you can resign and after you have been granted extension of your Skilled Worker visa.

If your application for Skilled Worker visa gets refused for any reasons, your current visa will remain intact and you can continue with your job with your current employer, if you so wish.

Can I extend my Tier 2 General or Skilled Worker visa beyond 6 years?

Following changes in the Immigration Rules with effect from 1 December 2020, there is no time limit set by the Home Office UKVI as to maximum period for which a person can extend his/her Skilled Worker visa. It is therefore possible for a person to extend Tier 2 General or Skilled Worker beyond 6 years if for any reasons an application for ILR cannot succeed for the time being and the extension application is the only option available.

FAQs - ILR Skilled Worker Visa

When can I apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker 28 days before you complete 5 years qualifying period for ILR.

How can I apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker online using application form SET (O).

Can I apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker using Super Priority Service or Priority Service?

You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker using Super Priority Service for decision within 24 hours or using Priority Service for decision within 5 working days.

Our specialist team of Skilled Worker visa solicitors can provide expert legal help and assistance with your application for ILR as a Skilled Worker.

What is qualifying period requirement for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

The applicant must have spent a continuous period of 5 years in the UK, consisting of time with permission in any of, or any combination of, the following routes:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Global Talent
  • Innovator
  • T2 Minister of Religion / Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)
  • T2 Sportsperson / Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
  • Representative of an Overseas Business
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Investor)
  • Tier 1 (General)

The most recent permission must have been in either the Skilled Worker or Tier 2 (General) route. An applicant does not need to have switched from Tier 2 (General) to Skilled Worker before applying for settlement as a Skilled Worker, as the definition of Skilled Worker in the Immigration Rules includes those with permission in the Tier 2 (General) route.

What is the continuous residence requirement for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

The applicant must meet the continuous residence requirement as set out in Appendix Continuous Residence during the qualifying period for ILR as a Skilled Worker / Tier 2 General Migrant.

Do I need to meet the Life in the UK test and English language requirement for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

To apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker, you must meet the Knowledge of Life in the UK requirement as set out in Appendix KOL UK.

You do not need to meet an English language requirement for settlement, as you will have met this in your previous Skilled Worker visa application.

Can I combine time spent under ECAA Turkish Worker visa or Turkish ECAA Businessperson visa with time spent under Skilled Worker visa to apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

No, you are not allowed to combine time spent under ECAA Turkish Worker visa or ECAA Turkish Businessperson visa with time spent under Skilled Worker visa to apply for ILR after 5 years as a Skilled Worker. Your qualifying time for ILR as a Skilled Worker will start from scratch once you switch from ECAA Turkish Wroker visa or ECAA Turkish Businessperson visa to Skilled Worker visa.

FAQs - Switching Into Graduate Route Visa

Do I have to have a Student visa or Tier 4 General student visa to apply for Switching into Graduate Route visa?

According to the Home Office UKVI Immigration Rules on switching into Graduate Route visa, the applicant must have, or have last had, permission to stay in the UK as a Student / Tier 4 General Student.

What is Graduate Route / Post Study Work (PSW) visa UK?

The Graduate route, also known as Post Study Work (PSW) visa route is for a Student in the UK who wants to work, or look for work, following the successful completion of an eligible course of study at UK bachelor’s degree-level or above. The study must have been with a higher education provider with a track record of compliance. The Graduate route is an unsponsored route. The Graduate route visa category will become operational from 0900 on 1 July 2021.

Who can apply for switching into Graduate route visa from inside the UK?

Any Student / Tier 4 General having a valid leave to remain as a student / Tier 4 General student who has completed an eligible qualification will be able to apply for switching into Graduate route from 1 July 2021.

Is Graduate route (PSW visa route) a route to settlement?

The Graduate route is not a route to settlement; however, any time spent on the Graduate route does count towards ILR on the basis of 10 years long residence.

Can I apply for Graduate route visa from outside the UK?

No, you can only apply for switching into graduate route visa from inside the UK. You can apply for entry clearance for Graduate route visa from outside the UK.

Can I apply for Graduate Route visa if I previously held Doctorate Extension Scheme(DES) in the UK?

No, you cannot apply for Graduate Route visa (Post Study Work visa) if you previously held Doctorate Extension Scheme(DES) visa in the UK.

Can I apply for Graduate Route visa if I previously held Graduate Route visa in the UK?

No, you cannot apply for Graduate Route visa (Post Study Work visa) if you previously held Graduate Route visa in the UK. 

How can I apply for switching from Student visa to Graduate Route visa from inside the UK?

You can apply online for switching from Student / Tier 4 General student visa to Graduate route visa. You must provide a degree certificate, academic transcript or an academic reference on official headed paper of the institution. You may have been sponsored in your studies by Her Majesty’s Government, your home government or any international scholarship agency. If you have had such sponsorship within the past 12 months, you must provide Home Office UKVI with the Government or international scholarship agency’s unconditional consent in writing, giving you their permission to remain in, or re-enter, the UK.

What are the points requirements for Graduate Route visa UK?

The applicant must be awarded a total of 70 pointsbased on the table below:

Points Type Relevant Requirements To Be Met Number Of Points
Successful course completion
  • Successful completion requirement
  • Qualification requirement
  • Study in the UK requirement
70
What is a successful course completion requirment for Graduate Route visa UK?
  • The applicant must have last been sponsored by a Student sponsor which is a higher education provider with a track record of compliance on the date of application;
  • The applicant must have successfully completed the course of study which was undertaken during their last grant of permission to study on the Student route (wherethe applicant was allowed to change their course ofstudy without applying for further permission as a Student, this requirement only applies to the course to which they changed);
  • The student sponsor must have notified the Home Office, by the date of Graduate route application, that the applicant has successfullycompleted the relevant course of study.
What is the qualification requirement for Graduate Route visa UK?

The applicant will meet the qualification requirement if they have successfully completed acourse of study for which they have been or will be awarded a UK bachelor’s degree, a UK postgraduate degree, or successfully completed a relevant qualification listed below.

A relevant qualification is one ofthe following:

  • a law conversion course validated by the Joint Academic Stage Board in England and Wales; or
  • the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in England and Wales, the Solicitors Course in Northern Ireland, or a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland; or
  • the Bar Practice Course in England and Wales, or the Bar Course in Northern Ireland; or
  • a foundation programme in Medicine or Dentistry; or
  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE); or
  • a professional course requiring study at UK bachelor’s degree level or above in a profession with reserved activities that is regulated by UK law or UK public authority.  

If the name of the applicant’s course of study was changed by the Student sponsor, but the course content remained the same, or if an integral and assessed work placement or permitted study abroad programme was added, this will not prevent the applicant being able to meet the qualification requirement.

The qualification must have been gained during the last grant of permission to study as a Student / Tier 4 General Student, or in the period of permission immediately before the applicant’s last grant of permission, if the last grant of permission was to undertake a role as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer.

What is the study in the UK requirement for Graduate route visa UK?

The applicant must have studied in the UK for a minimum period of thecourse for which they were last granted permission to study on the Student route (the relevant period), as in the table below:

Total Length Of Course Relevant period of Student permission granted during whichall study tookplace inthe UK(apartfrompermitted study abroad programmes)
12 months orless Full duration of course
Longer than 12 months At least 12 months

Where distance learning took place overseas between 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021, this will not prevent the applicant meeting the requirement to spend the relevant period of studying in the UK if:

  • they began their course in 2020 and entered the UK on or before 21 June 2021and complete that course of study in the UK with permission as a Student; or
  • they began their course in 2021 and entered the UK before 27 September 2021 and complete that course of study in the UK with permission as a Student.

Any period of distance learning between 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021 as part of a course of study lasting longer than 12 months whilst the applicant held permission as a Student, will not prevent the applicant from meeting the requirement to spend the relevant period of studying in the UK.

For how long will I be granted Graduate route visa?

The applicant will be granted the period of permission as set out in the table below dependent on how they met the qualification requirement:

Type of Qualification Period Granted From Date Of Decision
PhD or other doctoral qualification 3 years
All other qualifications 2 years
What are the conditions of grant of Graduate route visa?

The grant will be subject to all the following conditions:

  • no access to public funds; and
  • work (including self-employment and voluntary work) is permitted, apart from work as a professional sportsperson; and
  • study is permitted, except study with an education provider which is a Student sponsor, and which would meet the approved qualification and level of study requirements of the Student route which are set out in Appendix Student; and
  • study is subject to the ATAS condition in Appendix ATAS; and
  • if Part 10 applies the person will be required to register with the police.
Can I apply for Graduate route visa through Super Priority Service to get decision within 24 hours?

You can apply for switching into Graduate route visa using Super Priority Service whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the enrolment of biometrics at a UKVCAS 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.