Switching Employers on a Skilled Worker Visa

If you’re currently holding a Skilled Worker Visa and considering a career move, DJF Solicitors is your trusted partner for a seamless transition. As a well-respected London Immigration Law Firm with expert Immigration Solicitors, we understand the nuances of switching employers while on a Skilled Worker Visa.

Adapting to Employment Changes

As a Skilled Worker Visa holder, it’s crucial to inform the Home Office about specific changes in your employment, including:

  1. Changing Job and Employer: Transitioning to a new job with a different employer.
  2. Job Transition within the Same Employer: Moving from a role on the Shortage Occupation List to one that isn’t.
  3. Change in Occupation Code: When your job transitions to a different Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) code.

Ensuring compliance with these requirements is paramount, and seeking guidance from legal professionals like DJF Solicitors, renowned for their expertise in immigration law, can significantly enhance your chances of success.

Timing Your Notification to the Home Office

If you’re taking on a new job with a different employer, initiating a fresh Skilled Worker visa application is necessary. This involves verifying the new employer as a licensed sponsor and ensuring compliance with all Skilled Worker requirements.

However, there are specific scenarios where sponsored workers may not need to inform the Home Office. These include instances such as remaining sponsored by the same employer, with the new position in the same occupational code and no shift from a shortage occupation list position, among others.

Meeting Skilled Worker Requirements

Maintaining sponsored status requires adherence to specific Skilled Worker visa requirements, including:

  • A job offer from an approved employer.
  • A Certificate of Sponsorship (“CoS”) from the employer.
  • The job named on the certificate at a suitable skill level and listed on the Home Office eligible occupations.
  • Salary meeting the minimum requirement for the job.
  • Proof of knowledge of the English language.

Understanding Eligibility and Occupation Codes

Securing employment with a licensed sponsor is crucial. Occupation codes, accessible on the Office for National Statistics tool, determine job eligibility for the Skilled Worker visa. Consulting the UK Home Office’s list of eligible jobs and their codes is imperative for a successful application.

Navigating Salary Requirements

Specific salary requirements apply to eligible jobs in the Skilled Worker visa scheme, with the minimum salary set to increase to £38,700 per year from Spring 2024. Qualifications to salary requirements exist, allowing payment between 70% and 90% of the going rate in certain circumstances, such as shortage occupations or individuals with STEM qualifications.

Understanding Timescales and Visa Costs

Applying to update the visa can be done up to three months before the intended start date of the new job. Costs vary based on the duration of the certificate of sponsorship and whether the job is in a shortage occupation. Applicants must also pay the Immigration Health Surcharge at the time of application.

Addressing the Impact of Losing a Sponsored Job

Losing a sponsored job affects an individual’s leave to remain in the UK. The visa holder can seek another eligible job, apply for a Skilled Worker visa with a different sponsor, or explore alternative visa types.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you change jobs on a Skilled Worker visa? Yes, changing jobs is possible, but a new Skilled Worker visa application is required.
  • What happens if you lose your job on a Skilled Worker visa? Finding another eligible job is essential; otherwise, leaving the UK within 60 days of job loss or visa expiry is mandatory.
  • Can I work part-time on a Skilled Worker visa? Yes, as long as the minimum salary threshold for the role is met. Shortage occupations, however, must work a minimum of 30 hours a week.

How Our Expert Immigration Solicitors Can Facilitate Your Transition

Seeking professional advice from DJF Solicitors ensures a meticulously completed application, significantly enhancing your chances of success. Our expert Immigration Solicitors offer comprehensive guidance, handling complex elements with specialised legal advice and care. For legal assistance or consultations, contact DJF Solicitors, dedicated to safeguarding your best interests throughout the application process.

Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the intricate immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our expert London Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation to discuss your visa application.

Contact Us for Professional Guidance

For expert guidance and assistance with your application, contact our immigration solicitors at 02030110276 or complete our contact form.

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