You can extend/renew your Skilled Worker visa before the expiry of your current Skilled Worker leave or if you are changing job and being sponsored by a different Skilled Worker sponsor. Your prospective Skilled Worker sponsor will need to assign you a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for you to apply for extension/renewal of your Skilled Worker visa. You cannot apply for Skilled Worker visa extension from outside the UK.

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 Skilled Worker visa; 50 points from mandatory non-tradable points and the remaining 20 from tradable points.

Our expert team of Skilled Worker visa solicitors are specialists in dealing with Skilled Worker visa extension/renewal applications. Our highly experienced and well-qualified Skilled Worker visa solicitors have wealth of knowledge and experience to provide high quality legal services for Skilled Worker visa extension applications. Ask a question to our Skilled Worker visa solicitors for free immigration advice or schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice concerning your Skilled Worker extension matter.

Eligibility Requirements For Skilled Worker Visa Extension

You should meet the following requirements for renewal/extension of your Skilled Worker visa:

  • You must have current permission to enter or stay on a Skilled Worker visa;
  • You must score 50 points from mandatory non-tradable points;
  • You must score at least 20 points from tradable points;
  • You must have have funds for maintenance in the UK or your Skilled Worker sponsor has certified your maintenance as per requirements of Appendix C of the Immigration Rules;
  • You must meet the suitability criteria and not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.

Mandatory Non-Tradable Points (50 Points Required)

The applicant must score 50 mandatory non-tradable points to succeed in an application for extension of Skilled Worker visa and the remaining 20 can be scored from tradable points. The mandatory non-tradable points are given in the table below:

Characterstics Points
Offer of job by approved sponsor 20
Job at appropriate skill level 20
Speaks English at required level 10

Tradable Points  (20 Points Required )

The applicant must score at least 20 points from the tradable points. The applicant may only score from one entry from each of the two sections of tradable points as given below:

Salary Section

General Salary Threshold Going Rate Points
Salary of at least £20,480 At least 80% of the going rate for the profession (70% if a new entrant). 0
Salary of at least £23,040 At least 90% of the going rate for the profession. 10
Salary of at least £25,600 At least the going rate for the profession. 20
Salary of at least £20,480 Listed health/education job and meets the relevant national pay scale 20

Other Section

Characterstics Points
Education qualification: PhD in a subject relevant to the job (Points can only be awarded for academic PhDs) 10
Education qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job ((Points can only be awarded for academic PhDs) 20
Job in a shortage occupation (as designated by the MAC) 20
Applicant is a new entrant to the labour market (as designated by the MAC) 20

Change Of Employment Applications

You must make a change of employment application if you wish to change employer. You must have a new Certificate of Sponsorship from your new Skilled Worker sponsor and you must meet all the points requirements.

You must also make a change of employment application if you are remaining with the same employer but:

  • there is a change to your core duties which means you change jobs to a different Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code other than one related solely to the reclassification from SOC 2000 to SOC 2010; or
  • under TUPE (or similar) protection you change jobs and the new job is in the same SOC code, but your new salary is less than the appropriate rate for the new job as shown in the relevant code of practice; or
  • you are remaining with the same sponsor but there is a change to your core duties which means you change jobs from a job which is currently on the shortage occupation list to a job which is not on the shortage occupation list; or
  • your pay reduces from the level indicated on your current Certificate of Sponsorship, other than changes due to company-wide reductions defined as acceptable in the Sponsor Guidance, or reductions due to maternity, paternity, adoption leave, and/or a period of sick leave that lasted for one month or longer; or
  • changes to your core duties which means your job changes within the same SOC code provided your pay remains above the acceptable rate for the new job.

A change of employment application is not required for other changes to your job. For example if you are remaining with the same employer and change jobs to a different job within the same  SOC code, your pay increases, or you are moving under TUPE (or similar) protection due to takeover, merger, or de-merger or any other circumstances in which TUPE is triggered.

Health and Care Skilled Worker Visa

The Health and Care Visa is part of the Skilled Worker route. The UK Government welcomes the vital contributions which doctors, nurses and other health professionals from overseas make to the National Health Service (NHS) and wider Health and Care Sector. It will ensure individuals working in eligible health occupations with a job offer from the NHS, social care sector or employers and organisations which provide services to the NHS, who have good working English, are incentivised to come to the UK.

Fast Track Entry For Health and Care Visa

There will be fast-track entry, with reduced application fees and dedicated support regarding the application process, for eligible individuals to come to the UK with their families. Those who are eligible to apply for the Health and Care Visa, and their dependents, will also be exempt from having to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). Frontline workers in the health and social care sector who are not eligible for the new Health and Care Visa will pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), but will benefit from a reimbursement scheme.

Who Can Apply For Health and Care Visa?

Individuals of all nationalities who have a confirmed job offer, in one of the defined health professions, for a skilled role within the NHS, the social care sector or for NHS commissioned service providers.

The full list of professions, defined by Standard Occupational Classification codes, which would currently qualify for the Health and Care Visa can be found in Annex D. This list reflects the current skills threshold. The list of professions will be updated in line with the launch of the new Skilled Worker route and the expanded skills threshold later this year.

Although eligible applicants will benefit from reduced fees and an exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), both of which will extend to immediate family members, the main applicant must also meet requirements of the Skilled Worker route, including the relevant skill and salary thresholds.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Skilled Worker Extension

As the expert Skilled Worker visa solicitors based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, 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 experienced Skilled Worker visa solicitors can prepare and submit your application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your Skilled Worker extension application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your Skilled Worker extension application for months (sometimes years).

How Can We Help With Your Skilled Worker Visa Extension?

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

  • assessing your eligibility for extension of your Skilled Worker visa by considering all the relevant eligibility requirements;
  • if you are changing employer, 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 Skilled Worker visa extension 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 renewal of Skilled Worker visa;
  • completing online application form for extension of Skilled Worker visa;
  • preparing a detailed cover letter in support of your Skilled Worker extension application to explain in detail how all the relevant requirements for renewal of Skilled Worker visa have been satisfied by the applicant;
  • submitting the Skilled Worker extension application online, paying the Home Office UKVI fees for Skilled Worker visa extension application and booking applicant's appointment with the UKVCAS application centre;
  • uploading all the supporting documents online in support of the Skilled Worker visa extension 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 visa extension application.

Our Fee For Skilled Worker Visa Extension

Our fees for providing expert legal help and assistance with an application for extension of Skilled Worker visa are given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off Immigration Advice & Consultation concerning Skilled Worker visa extension £80 (including VAT)
One-Off Documents Checking Service for an application for Skilled Worker visa extension £200 + VAT
Complete help with application for Skilled Worker visa extension to cover all the work until decision on the application From £700 + VAT To £1,200 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application for extension of your Skilled Worker visa and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for helping with an application for Skilled Worker visa extension, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.