As the UK has now officially left the EU bringing an end to free movement, EU nationals who wish to come to the UK for work will have to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa. They can no longer enter the UK just using their passport and take up any employment. Our business immigration solicitors in London have experience with preparing successful Skilled Worker Visa applications and are familiar with the applicable Immigration Rules under the new points based system to ensure all of the mandatory documents are provided to the Home Office decision makers.
What is the Skilled Worker Visa for EU nationals?
The Skilled Worker Visa (formally the Tier 2 route) is for overseas workers (including EU, EEA and Swiss nationals from 1 January 2021) who have a job offer from a UK employer with a valid sponsor licence. The Skilled Worker route is under the new points based system and therefore Applicants must have the required number of points in order to successfully apply for the visa.
What are the requirements for the Skilled Worker Visa for EU nationals?
The main requirements for a Skilled Worker Visa are as follows:
- Have a job offer from an employer with a sponsor licence;
- Been issued a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from the employer;
- The job role must be eligible under Appendix Skilled Occupations;
- Must be paid a minimum salary for the job role;
- Must have the relevant skills and qualifications;
- Meet the maintenance requirement either by having the appropriate level of funds or being certified by the employer; and
- Satisfy the English language requirement.
If instructed, our business immigration team will send out a bespoke list of documents which will outline everything required for a Skilled Worker Visa application. We will conduct a thorough document review and ensure all the documents meet the Home Office specifications.
How much does the Skilled Worker Visa cost for EU nationals?
The Home Office application fee ranges from £610 to £1,408 depending on the circumstances of the Applicant’s employment, such as the length of employment and the size of the company they intend to join. The fee will be lower for jobs of the Shortage Occupation List. Applicants must also pay the Immigration Health Surcharge which is currently £624 per year of the visa. Applicants can check how much they have to pay on the Home Office website. Dependents may also have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.
UK Work Visas for EU Health and Care Workers
There is a new Health and Care Worker Visa for EU nationals who wish to come to the UK in order to work in the health and care sector which was introduced on 4 August 2020. Eligible professions include doctors, nurses, adult social care professional and other associated health professionals who have been trained to a recognised standard. These Applicants will enjoy quicker decisions, reduced visa application fees and exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge.
Work Visas for EU nationals in the UK before 31 December 2020
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals (and their family members) who were present in the UK by 31 December 2020 do not have to apply for the Skilled Worker Visa in order to work in the UK. Instead, they can apply under the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 in order to secure their status in the UK. This also means that they are free to work for any employer in the UK without needing sponsorship. Applicants will be granted Pre-Settled Status for a period of 5 years, after which they can then switch to Settled Status (also referred to as Indefinite Leave to Remain under the Immigration Rules).
How our immigration solicitors can help EU Nationals submit a Skilled Worker Visa application
Our immigration solicitors in London specialise in visa applications and can submit Skilled Worker Visa applications. Our immigration team prepares applications to the highest standard. We have an impeccable track history of submitting successful visa applications for a range of clients. The key to submitting a successful visa application is being aware of the relevant Immigration Rules and submitting the correct supporting documents. Our immigration solicitors in London guide Applicants through the requirements and prepare detailed legal submissions in support of the application. In addition to the legal representations, our team of solicitors also provides multiple substantial reviews of the supporting documents to ensure that the correct evidence is submitted. We also prepare and assist with the submission of the application and booking the biometric appointment.
Using our Immigration Solicitors in London to help EU Nationals submit a Skilled Worker Visa application
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with a Skilled Worker Visa application. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications, which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.
The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully submit a Skilled Worker Visa application as an EU National
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your prospects of submitting a Skilled Worker Visa application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a Skilled Worker Visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements under the Immigration Rules.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice, and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to a successful Skilled Worker Visa application. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.