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. You must meet all the relevant requirements including any conditions with regards to switching from your current visa status to the Skilled Worker visa category.

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 LondonManchester and Birmingham, our Skilled Worker visa solicitors 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 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 need to:

  • be in the UK with leave to enter or remain from which switching into Skilled Worker visa is permitted by the Immigration Rules;
  • score 50 points from mandatory non-tradable points;
  • score at least 20 points from tradable points;
  • 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;
  • 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 switching into 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

Eligibility For PhD points

Applicants will only be able to score points for having a PhD relevant to the job. Sponsors will need to decide and be able to justify whether an applicant’s PhD is relevant to the job they are sponsoring them for and to advise whether it is a STEM PhD. The Home Office, UKVI will withhold points if the sponsor’s explanation is clearly not credible. Points can only be awarded for academic PhDs.

In addition, applicants will only be able to score points for having a PhD when working in certain occupations. A list of occupations which will, and will not, be able to claim PhD points will be kept under review. For the initial launch of the route, the list will cover:

  • all occupations in the top skill level of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code system.
  • a small number of additional STEM jobs, such as lab technicians, which do not appear in the top skill level, but which involve research or technical knowledge and where Home Office, UKVI believe a relevant PhD would be an advantage.

The relevant PhD occupations are listed in Annex B.

Required Skill Level Of Job

The job offerred to the skilled worker under the new points based immigration system must be at the required skill level – RQF 3 or above (A Level and equivalent).

All jobs have a corresponding Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code. You can use the ONS Occupation Coding Tool to identify the relevant SOC code for your job. Current skill levels for SOC codes are set out in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules. The Immigration Rules will be updated in order to expand the list of occupations that will be eligible for the Skilled Work visa route. 

New Entrants

Migrants will be defined as new entrants under the Points-Based System if they meet one of the following requirements:

    a) They are switching from the Student or Graduate route to the Skilled Worker route;
    b) They are under the age of 26 on the date of their application; or
    c) They are working towards recognised professional qualifications or moving directly into postdoctoral positions.

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.

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’re in one of these categories.

Switching From Tier 2 ICT To Skilled Worker Visa

Under the new points based system, a Tier 2 ICT migrant is permitted to switch from Tier 2 ICT to Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK. As specialist Skilled Worker visa solicitors, we can provide the required legal help and assistance with an application for switching from Tier 2 ICT to Skilled Worker visa.

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

As the expert immigration 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 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 Fee For Switching Into Skilled Worker Visa

Our fees for providing expert legal help and assistance with an application for switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK are given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off Immigration Advice & Consultation concerning switching into Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK £80 (including VAT)
One-Off Documents Checking Service for an application for switching into Skilled Worker visa £200 + VAT
Complete help and support with application for switching into Skilled Worker visa to cover all the work until decision by the Home Office on your application From £700 + VAT To £1,200 + 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 helping with an application for switching into Skilled Worker visa, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.