UK Skilled Worker Visa

Turkish citizens who are skilled in an eligible occupation can obtain a UK Skilled Worker visa. When you stay in the UK for up to 5 years on a Skilled Worker visa, you may qualify to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.

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    What Is a Skilled Worker Visa in the UK?

    Skilled Worker visa UK is a type of UK Work visa designed to allow foreign nationals who are professionals in their field of work to enter the UK and work for their employers. Turkish citizens applying for the Skilled Worker visa must be skilled at A-level or above in an eligible occupation.

    This Skilled Worker visa is a long-term visa which typically allows its holder to enter the UK and work for a licensed employer for up to 5 years. However, the duration of the work you will do for your employer is largely determined by what is stated on your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

    Before you apply for a UK Skilled Worker visa, you must first obtain a job offer from your sponsoring employer and also meet the eligibility criteria to work for the employer in the UK. Your family members (dependents) can join you on this visa, provided they meet the requirements.

    After working for your employer for 5 years, you may qualify to obtain ILR status in the UK. It will take you a further 12-month stay in the UK to apply for British citizenship after obtaining the ILR status.

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    Eligibility Requirements for Skilled Worker Visa UK

    Turkish citizens applying for a Skilled Worker visa UK must submit several documents to support their application and meet other eligibility requirements to obtain the visa. The eligibility criteria include that:

    • You must be skilled in your job role which is equivalent to an A-level
    • You must fulfil the English language requirements
    • The job role you are being employed for must be included in the list of eligible occupations
    • You should receive a job offer from a UK employer
    • You must have received a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from your employer
    • You should have at least £1,270 in your bank account to prove you can meet your financial needs while in the UK
    • Your UK employer must be approved by the Home Office and included in the list of licensed employers
    • You should meet the minimum salary which is up to £26,200 yearly.

    Required Documents

    To apply for a Skilled Worker visa, Turkish citizens must provide some documents to support their application. They include:

    • Your Turkish international passport or travel document must have a blank page wherein your visa sticker will be affixed
    • Your job role and salary per year
    • The occupation code of your job
    • Your CoS’s reference number
    • Proof of your proficiency in English
    • Evidence of having enough funds to cover your expenses while in the UK
    • Criminal record certificate. You may only be required to provide this for jobs that deal with vulnerable people, in fields like education and healthcare
    • Your valid ATAS certificate. If your work may include conducting PhD-level or higher research on a sensitive subject, you may need the ATAS certificate
    • A tuberculosis test result
    • The sponsor licence number of your employer and name
    • Your ECCTIS reference if you didn’t study in an educational institution in the United Kingdom or have a UK PhD certificate
    • Proof of your relationship with your spouse/partner and children, if they are eligible and coming with you to the UK. To prove this, provide both marriage and birth certificates

    You may also need to show identification by supplying biometric data, such as photos and fingerprints. Your biometric data can be submitted through the Home Office’s mobile UK Immigration: ID Check app or at a visa application centre in Turkey. You can scan, upload, and send your identity documents to the Home Office using this app.

    Ensure that all your documents in Turkish are translated into English by a licensed translator. Also, ensure that all translated documents are notarised. Your unique situation as an applicant typically determines if you will be required to provide additional documents to support your application.

    Our friendly immigration lawyers at Total Law can help you gather your documents after assessing your situation to help expedite your application process and avoid delays. For assistance in your application, call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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      Your Job Requirements

      As a Turkish citizen, your UK employer must be licensed and has to issue you a valid job offer before you can obtain a Skilled Worker visa. Furthermore, this job offer needs to come from an A-rated company included in the list of Home Office-approved employers licensed to sponsor foreign nationals to work in the UK in positions that fall under the list of eligible jobs.

      You must also receive the minimum salary for the work you do from your employer. The amount of money you are paid depends on the kind of work you do.

      You cannot apply to a Turkish citizen unless your UK employer issues you a valid Certificate of Sponsorship.

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      Minimum Salary Requirements

      Turkish citizens must meet the salary requirement before they can obtain a UK Skilled Worker visa. You must be paid a minimum salary of about £26,200 for an eligible occupation by your UK employer.

      By the spring of 2024, this minimum salary is expected to rise to £38,700 but this does not include social and healthcare visa routes. However, you may even qualify for a UK Work visa on a lower salary as long as it does not go below £20,960 or going rate for the occupation per year or £10.75 hourly.

      You may be paid less than £26,200 by your employer if:

      • Your position is listed as a shortage occupation
      • You have a postdoctoral work in science or higher education
      • You have a PhD degree in a field that is directly related to your work such as Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM)
      • You are a recent graduate, under 26 years old, or in professional training

      Keep in mind that the salary discount offered to employees on the shortage occupation list would not be maintained under the new system.

      Knowledge of English Requirements

      You must be proficient in the English language by speaking, reading, writing and understanding it. To prove this, Turkish citizens must have at least level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.

      Therefore, you need to do the following to prove you’re proficient in the English language. Prove it by:

      • Possessing a degree or other academic qualifications taught in English
      • Passing an English language test
      • Passing a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) English test from an authorised test centre. Have a minimum of B1 in writing, reading, speaking, and understanding the English language
      • Having academic qualifications

      The only group of people exempted from meeting the UK English test requirement include:

      • People from English-speaking countries
      • Individuals who have passed English language assessment approved by a relevant authority in their field of work

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        If You’re Not Eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa

        Turkish citizens who are not eligible for a the Skilled Worker route can opt for the following Work visas:

        The Scale-Up Worker Visa

        You can work in an authorised job with a minimum salary for a quickly growing UK company with this visa. The company that supports you through this route must be a licensed scale-up business, even though your sponsorship will only be valid for 6 months.

        After just 6 months of leaving your sponsored job, you can work for another UK employer in an unsponsored capacity as long as the new job pays you the minimum salary requirement. If your application is approved, you will be granted a 2-year Scale-Up visa.

        The Start-Up Visa

        This visa allows its holder to establish a business in the UK. With this visa, your only focus must be on growing your own business and generating income to support it during its early stages.

        An organisation that typically assists start-up businesses and UK higher educational institutions must assess and approve your business concept. When this visa is due to expire, you cannot extend it; instead, to continue developing your business in the UK, you can convert to a UK Innovator Founder visa.

        How Long You Can Stay in the UK on a Skilled Worker Visa

        The UK Skilled Worker visa typically lasts for 5 years. You may apply to extend this visa when it’s about to expire or get a new one if you want to switch jobs or employers.

        If You Want to Stay Longer in the UK

        Provided you still meet the eligibility criteria of your UK Skilled Worker visa, you are free to apply for as many visa extensions as you would like. Also to stay longer in the UK, you may apply for ILR or settlement, after residing in the country for 5 years. With ILR, you can enjoy all the privileges British nationals are entitled to, such as the right to live, work, study, etc.

        How to Apply for a Skilled Worker Visa

        Before you apply online for your Skilled Worker visa, you must have received a valid job offer and Certificate of Sponsorship from your UK employer. Apply by:

        • Checking if you are qualified for the visa
        • Getting a job offer from an employer who is approved by the UKVI
        • Getting a Certificate of Sponsorship from your UK employer
        • Proving your eligibility for the Skilled Worker visa by gathering all the required documents
        • Applying for a UK Skilled Worker visa online from Turkey after filling out the application form
        • Scanning your document of identification with the UK Immigration: ID Check” app to show your identity or submit your fingerprints and photographs (biometric information)
        • Uploading all required documents for your application
        • Paying all needed fees, such as application fees, biometric fees, and health surcharge fees.

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          How Long It Takes to Get a Skilled Worker Visa

          If you are applying to obtain a UK Skilled Worker visa from Turkey, you should await a decision on your application within 3 weeks. Note that in some cases there could be a delay in the processing time where:

          • An applicant may have previously violated the UK immigration law
          • An applicant is asked to submit more supporting documents
          • Applications submitted at the application centre are too many, etc.

          In light of these reasons for possible delays in your Skilled Worker visa application, it’s best to apply about 3 months before your expected date of entering the UK to start work.

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          How Much Skilled Worker Visa Costs

          Turkish citizens applying for a Skilled Worker visa must make some financial commitment to obtain the visa. They must:

          • Have £719 for each applicant for a 3-year stay
          • Have £1,420 for each applicant for more than a 3-year stay
          • Have a minimum of £1,270 to cover your expenses in the UK

          For an extension of a visa, updating, or switching it, Turkish citizens need to:

          • Pay £827 for each applicant for a 3-year stay
          • Pay £1,500 for each applicant for more than a 3-year stay

          If the job you are applying to do in the UK is on the shortage occupation list, you and your dependents will pay lower fees:

          • £1,084 for a stay period that exceeds 3 years
          • £551 for a stay period which is up to 3 years

          What You Can and Cannot Do

          Turkish citizens holding a UK Skilled Worker visa are allowed to engage in some activities. They include:

          • Study
          • Engage in voluntary work
          • Work on an eligible job
          • Leave the UK and re-enter
          • Apply for ILR after completing further qualifying requirements and spending a maximum of 5 years in the UK
          • Get a second job (this depends on your situation)
          • Get your family members (children and partner/spouse) to join you in the UK

          You are not allowed to:

          • Apply for the United Kingdom public funds
          • Change jobs or employers unless you have requested to update your Skilled Worker visa

          How Can Total Law Help?

          Turkish citizens must pay attention to details while applying for a UK Skilled Worker visa. You must meet all the Skilled Worker visa requirements and take all other crucial steps in the application process to secure the visa.

          Our immigration lawyers at Total Law can help you gather your documents, apply for the Skilled Worker visa on your behalf and also be by your side throughout the application process. Our experienced immigration lawyers have helped several Turkish citizens obtain their UK visas.

          They already know how to prepare your application to the taste of the Home Office to avoid a refusal. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online for immediate assistance.

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                    Frequently Asked Questions

                    Yes, a UK Skilled Worker visa can be rejected if the UKVI believes that a worker is not qualified for the job they are coming to do in the UK.

                    Yes, you can move to the UK without a job if you are incredibly gifted, affluent, or have family there.