Skilled Worker visa: caseworker guidance

Immigration staff guidance on considering applications under the Skilled Worker route.



UK Visas and Immigration guidance on how staff should consider applications to enter, remain or settle in the UK under the Skilled Worker route.

Published 1 December 2020
Last updated 7 August 2023 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated, including a change for applicants who are sponsored for General Practitioner (GP) specialty training and addition of a specific requirement that applicants must genuinely intend to undertake their sponsored job, and not intend to work in breach of their conditions.

  2. New restrictions on students switching into this route have been added.

  3. Updated the guidance in line with Immigration Rules changes. The full list of changes is in the "Changes from last version of this guidance" section.

  4. Added accessible HTML version.

  5. Updated in line with Immigration Rules changes.

  6. Updated guidance for use on or after 15 February 2022.

  7. This guidance has been updated to reflect changes to digital status for non-EEA nationals who are extending, switching or updating their visa within the UK.

  8. This guidance has been updated to reflect the following changes in the Immigration Rules for applications made from 6 October 2021: confirmation that only A-rated sponsors can certify the financial requirement; a concession for calculating the continuous period for settlement, for workers who experienced delayed decisions on certain types of applications due to the COVID-19 pandemic; applying the £10.10 minimum hourly rate to settlement applications; the replacement of the T2 Sportsperson route with the International Sportsperson route; The guidance has also been updated to remove information relating to applications made before 31 December 2020, as this is no longer needed.

  9. Updated caseworker guidance.

  10. First published.