You can extend/renew your Skilled Worker visa or Tier 2 General visa before the expiry of your current Skilled Worker leave / Tier 2 General 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 extension of Skilled Worker visa / Tier 2 Generarl 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 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

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

Mandatory Non-Tradeable Points (50 Points Required)

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

Characterstics Points
Sponsorship 20
Job at appropriate skill level 20
English language skills at level B1 (intermediate) 10

Scoring 20 Mandatory Points For Sponsorship

The applicant can score 20 mandatory points for sponsorship if the following requirements are satisfied:

  • The applicant must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for the job they are planning to do.
  • The sponsor must be authorised by the Home Office to sponsor the job in question under the Skilled Worker route.
  • The sponsor must be listed as A-rated on the Home Office’s register of licensed sponsors, unless the applicant was last granted permission as a Skilled Worker and is applying to continue working for the same sponsor as in their last permission.
  • The sponsor must have paid in full any required Immigration Skills Charge.
  • The decision maker must not have reasonable grounds to believe the job the applicant is being sponsored to do:
    • does not exist; or
    • is a sham; or
    • has been created mainly so the applicant can apply for entry clearance or permission to stay.
  • The decision maker must not have reasonable grounds to believe the job the applicant is being sponsored to do amounts to:
    • the hire of the applicant to a third party who is not the sponsor to fill a position with that party, whether temporary or permanent; or
    • contract work to undertake an ongoing routine role or to provide an ongoing routine service for a third party who is not the sponsor, regardless of the nature or length of any arrangement between the sponsor and the third party.

Scoring 20 Mandatory Points For Appropriate Job Skill Level

The applicant can score 20 mandatory points for appropriate job skill level if the following requirements are satisfied:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an eligible occupation code listed in Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The sponsor must choose an appropriate occupation code, and the decision maker must not have reasonable grounds to believe the sponsor has chosen a less appropriate occupation code for any of the following reasons:
    • the most appropriate occupation code is not eligible under the Skilled Worker route; or
    • the most appropriate occupation code has a higher going rate than the proposed salary; or
    • the most appropriate occupation code is not a shortage occupation and the applicant is claiming points for a job in a shortage occupation; or
    • the most appropriate occupation code is not listed as “eligible for PhD points” in Table 1 of Appendix Skilled Occupations and the applicant is claiming points for an educational qualification.

Scoring 10 Mandatory Points For English Language

The applicant can score 10 mandatory points for English language if the following requirements are satisfied:

  • An applicant must show English language ability on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in all 4 components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) of at least level B1 (intermediate).
  • The applicant must show they meet the English language requirement as specified in Appendix English Language.

Tradeable Points  (20 Points Required)

The applicant must score at least 20 points from the tradeable points for extension of Skilled Worker visa / Tier 2 General visa. The applicant may only score from one entry from each of the two sections of tradeable points as given below:

Option Requirements To Score Points Points
A

The applicant’s salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £25,600 per year; and
  • the going rate for the occupation code.
20
B

Educational qualification: PhD in a subject relevant to the job and the applicant’s salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £23,040 per year; and
  • 90% of the going rate for the occupation code.

In this entry, 10 points will be awarded for the educational qualification and 10 points will be awarded for the applicant’s salary.

20
C

Educational qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job and the applicant’s salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £20,480 per year; and
  • 80% of the going rate for the occupation code.
20
D

Job in a shortage occupation and the applicant’s salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £20,480 per year; and
  • 80% of the going rate for the occupation code.
20
E

Applicant is a new entrant to the labour market and their salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £20,480 per year; and
  • 70% of the going rate for the occupation code.
20
F

Job in a listed health or education occupation and the applicant’s salary equals or exceeds both:

  • £20,480 per year; and
  • the going rate for the occupation code.

An applicant with a job in a listed health or education occupation can only be awarded 20 tradeable points from option F.

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Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option A

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points under option A:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate eligible occupation code listed in Table 1 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The salary for the job for which the applicant is being sponsored must equal or exceed both:
    • £25,600 per year; and
    • the going rate for the occupation code.

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option B

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points (10 points for PhD level qualification and 10 points for salary) under option B:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate occupation code listed as being “eligible for PhD points” in Table 1 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The applicant must have a UK PhD or other academic doctoral qualification, or an overseas academic qualification which UK NARIC confirms meets the recognised standard of a UK PhD.
  • The applicant’s sponsor must provide a credible explanation of how the qualification is relevant to the job for which the applicant is being sponsored.
  • If the applicant has been correctly awarded points for an educational qualification in a previous grant of permission as a Skilled Worker, the applicant does not need to provide evidence of the qualification again, but the sponsor must still provide the explanation of how the qualification is relevant to the job for which the applicant is being sponsored.
  • The applicant may only be awarded points for one qualification.
  • The salary for the job the applicant is being sponsored for must equal or exceed both:
    • £23,040 per year; and
    • 90% of the going rate for the occupation code.

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option C

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points under option C for a relevant educational qualification in a STEM subject and their salary:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate occupation code listed as being “eligible for PhD points” in Table 1 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The applicant must have a UK PhD or other academic doctoral qualification, or an overseas academic qualification which UK NARIC confirms meets the recognised standard of a UK PhD.
  • The applicant’s sponsor must provide a credible explanation of how the qualification is relevant to the job for which the applicant is being sponsored.
  • If the applicant has been correctly awarded points for an educational qualification in a previous grant of permission as a Skilled Worker, the applicant does not need to provide evidence of the qualification again, but the sponsor must still provide the explanation of how the qualification is relevant to the job for which the applicant is being sponsored.
  • The applicant may only be awarded points for one qualification.
  • The applicant’s sponsor must provide a credible explanation that the qualification in question is in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) subject.
  • The salary for the job the applicant is being sponsored for must equal or exceed both:
    • £20,480 per year; and
    • 80% of the going rate for the occupation code.

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option D

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points under option D for a job in a shortage occupation and their salary:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate eligible occupation code listed in Appendix Shortage Occupation List as being a shortage occupation in the nation of the UK where that job is based.
  • If, on or before the date the sponsor assigned the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the applicant, the applicant’s job was removed from Appendix Shortage Occupation List, both of the following conditions must be met:
    • the applicant’s most recent permission was as a Skilled Worker in which they were sponsored to work in a shortage occupation under the applicable rules at that time; and
    • the applicant is being sponsored to continue working in the same job for the same sponsor as in their previous permission.
  • The salary for the job the applicant is being sponsored for must equal or exceed both:
    • £20,480 per year; and
    • 80% of the going rate for the occupation code.

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option E

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points under option E for being a new entrant to the labour market and their salary:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate eligible occupation code listed in Table 1 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The applicant must meet one or more of the following requirements:
    • the applicant must be under the age of 26 on the date of application; or
    • the job offer must be for a postdoctoral position in any of the following occupation codes:
      • 2111 Chemical scientists
      • 2112 Biological scientists and biochemists
      • 2113 Physical scientists
      • 2114 Social and humanities scientists
      • 2119 Natural and social science professionals not elsewhere classified
      • 2311 Higher education teaching professionals; or
  • the job offer must be in a UK regulated profession and the applicant must be working towards a recognised professional qualification for that profession; or
  • the applicant must be working towards full registration or chartered status with the relevant professional body for the job they are being sponsored for; or
  • the application must be for permission to stay and the applicant’s most recent permission must have been as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant; or
  • all of the following conditions apply:
    • the applicant’s most recent permission was as a Student: and
    • that permission expired less than 2 years before the date of application; and
    • in that permission or any previous permission as a Student, the applicant was sponsored to study one of the following courses (not any other qualifications of an equivalent level):
      • a UK bachelor’s degree; or
      • a UK master’s degree; or
      • a UK PhD or other doctoral qualification; or
      • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE); or
      • a Professional Graduate Diploma of Education (PGDE); and
      • the applicant has completed (or is applying no more than 3 months before they are expected to complete) the degree course, or the applicant is studying a PhD and has completed at least 12 months study in the UK towards the PhD.
  • Granting the application must not mean the applicant’s combined permission as a Skilled Worker and/or Tier 2 Migrant would be more than 4 years in total, whether or not the permission is for a continuous period.
  • The salary for the job the applicant is being sponsored for must equal or exceed both:
    • £20,480 per year; and
    • 70% of the going rate for the occupation code.

Scoring 20 Tradeable Points Under Option F

The applicant must meet the following requirements to score 20 tradeable points under option F for a job in a listed health or education occupation and their salary:

  • The applicant must be sponsored for a job in an appropriate eligible occupation code listed in Table 2 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • The salary for the job for which the applicant is being sponsored must equal or exceed both:
    • £20,480 per year; and
    • the going rate for the occupation code.
  • If the applicant is being sponsored for a job in the occupation code “2231 Nurses” or “2232 Midwives”, their salary may be temporarily (for up to 8 months) less than the £20,480 per year in either of the following circumstances:
    • the applicant has previously held Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration and is undertaking an NMC-approved programme with a view to returning to practice; or
    • the applicant is working towards NMC registration and all of the following conditions apply:
      • the applicant has passed the NMC’s English language requirements and Computer Based Test of competence, before the date of application; and
      • the applicant will sit an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) to obtain NMC registration no later than 3 months after the stated job start date. 
  • the sponsor must confirm that the applicant (non registered nurse or midwife) will stop being sponsored if they do not achieve full NMC registration within 8 months of the job start date (if the applicant was last granted permission as a as a nurse or midwife on the Skilled Worker route, the 8 months is counted from the start date of the job they were sponsored to do in their most recent permission); and
  • during the relevant 8 months, or until the applicant achieves NMC registration (if sooner), the applicant’s salary must be at least equal to the appropriate Agenda for Change Band 3 rate, as stated in Table 3 of Appendix Skilled Occupations.

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.

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).

Transitional Arrangements For Tier 2 General Migrants Applying Under Skilled Worker Visa Route

If the applicant is applying for extension or ILR, and the applicant was last granted permission as a Tier 2 (General) Migrant, the following transitional arrangements apply:

  • if the date of application is before 1 December 2026 salary may also include allowances, providing the following conditions are met:
    • the applicant is applying to work for the same sponsor as in their previous permission; and
    • the allowances are guaranteed, will be paid for the duration of the applicant’s permission, and would be paid to a local settled worker in similar circumstances, such as London weighting; and
  • if the date of application is before 24 May 2023 and the applicant had permission as a Tier 2 (General) Migrant based on a certificate of sponsorship given to them by their sponsor before 24 November 2016, the applicant does not need to score 20 tradeable points from options A to F, instead, 20 tradeable points will be awarded for a salary of £20,800 or above, or at least the going rate for the occupation code, if higher (the other requirements in SW 12.1. to SW 12.4 also apply), but these points will not be awarded if the applicant is not also being awarded the 20 mandatory points for sponsorship under and the 20 mandatory points for a job at the appropriate skill level.

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
Complete help with application for Skilled Worker visa / Tier 2 General 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.

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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.