Skilled Worker Visa UK Cost
If you are planning on coming to the UK to work, you will need a skilled worker visa, formerly known as a Tier 2 (General) work visa. We take a look at how much a skilled worker visa costs and what other funds you will need.
At Halliday Reeves, we specialise in immigration and visa applications. We have in-depth knowledge of the UK work visa application system and we can put together the strongest possible application on your behalf, giving you the best chance of success.
There are strict criteria for securing a UK work visa and it is important to meet these and to provide the right evidence the first time you apply. We will make sure that you have the right documents to support your application and that UK Visas and Immigration have all the evidence they need to establish that you are eligible for a visa.
To talk to us about obtaining a skilled worker visa UK, please feel free to ring us on 0330 133 7777, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our Contact Form and we will do all we can to help.
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Skilled Worker Visa UK Cost To Apply And Money Needed For Support
As well as paying the application fee, you will also need to pay the NHS healthcare surcharge. In addition, you need to provide evidence that you have enough money in the bank to support yourself.
Skilled worker visa UK fee to be paid with your application
The skilled worker visa application fees are as follows:
If you will be in the UK for up to 3 years £625
If you will be in the UK for more than 3 years £1,235
If you are extending or switching to a work visa for up to 3 years £719
If you are extending or switching to a work visa for more than 3 years £1,423
Reduced Skilled Worker Visa Application Fee For Jobs On The Shortage Occupation List
A number of jobs are on the government’s shortage occupation list, including some jobs in the health industry, science, engineering and technology. There is a reduced fee if you will be taking up one of these positions, as follows:
If you will be in the UK for up to 3 years £479
If you will be in the UK for more than 3 years £943
NHS Healthcare Surcharge
You will need to pay a healthcare surcharge for each year that you will be in the UK. This is £624 per year. If the length of time you will be in the UK includes part of a year, for example, two and a half years, you will pay half of the yearly cost for a period of up to and including six months. For a period of over six months to one year, you will pay the whole yearly cost.
Funds To Support Yourself In The UK
You need to show that you have enough money to support yourself in the UK. This is the sum of £1,270. You must provide evidence that you hold this in your bank account and that you have held it for at least 28 days. The 28th day should be within one month of the date of your visa application. Evidence should be by way of bank statements.
Alternatively, your employer may have agreed to support you. In this case, the certificate of sponsorship that they have provided will state that they are supporting you. They will need to fill in a section on the certificate headed ‘sponsor certifies maintenance’.
If you will be bringing dependents to the UK with you, they will also need a visa each, if they are eligible. In addition, they will need to pay the healthcare surcharge and have funds available for their support. The sums needed for support will vary depending on the age of the dependents. Reductions are also made for second and subsequent children.
Contact Our Skilled Worker Visa UK Solicitors
At Halliday Reeves, our immigration solicitors offer a full range of personal immigration services. If you need to a visa to work in the UK, we will be happy to help. If you would like to talk through he skilled worker visa UK costs, please feel free to call us.
We have offices in Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Wakefield and Nottingham. To speak to one of our expert UK immigration lawyers, ring us on 0330 133 7777, email us at email@example.com or fill in our Contact Form.
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