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British Citizenship – Registration

You can apply for a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK in an eligible job with an employer licenced as a sponsor by the UK government.

Can I apply for the UK Skilled Worker visa?

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Overview

You can apply for a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK in an eligible job with an employer licenced as a sponsor by the UK government. This UK work visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. This category is for all foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce which cannot be filled by an already settled worker in the UK. There are a number of complex scenarios which should be discussed and explored in detail before you can apply.

You can apply for a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK in an eligible job with an employer licenced as a sponsor by the UK government. This UK work visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. This category is for all foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce which cannot be filled by an already settled worker in the UK. There are a number of complex scenarios which should be discussed and explored in detail before you can apply.

International Sportspersons visa

This category is for highly skilled sportspersons who must be recognised by a governing body as an elite sports person or a sports coach. The applicant must demonstrate that their employment in the UK will encourage the sport to become more elite and prominent in the UK.

To apply for ILR you must have spent continuous period of 5 years in the UK and must have spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months. You must also meet the English language requirement, pass the Life in the UK test and meet the salary threshold requirement of at least £35,800.

Indefinite leave to remain

The skilled worker visa lasts for up to five years. If you want to stay longer, you can apply to extend your, as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements. After five years, you may also be entitled to apply for indefinite leave to remain, which gives you the right to live, work and study in the UK for as long as you like. You must apply to extend or update your skilled work visa UK if you change jobs or employer.

To apply for ILR you must have spent continuous period of five years in the UK and must have spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months. You must also meet the English language requirement, pass the Life in the UK test and meet the salary threshold requirement of at least £25,600 per year.

What is British Citizenship by Registration?

This is ideal if you did not qualify for British citizenship automatically, as you may be eligible to apply for registration as a British citizen, either by way of an entitlement or on a discretionary basis This is one of a few routes that will enable you to apply for British citizenship, so it is highly advised that you speak to a member of our immigration team to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements and secondly, that this is the right pathway for you.  

What are the eligibility requirements for Registration as a British Citizen?

To be entitled to register as a British citizen, you will need to satisfy the Home Office of the following requirements: 

  • You were born in the UK on or after 1st January 1983, you are not automatically a British citizen by birth, your mother and/or father became British citizens or settled in the UK before your 18th birthday, and you applied for registration before your 18th birthday; or 

 

  • All the above, including on or after 13th January 2010 your mother and/or your father became a member of the armed forced before your 18th birthday; or 

 

  • You were born in the UK on or after 1st January 1983 and have been absent from the UK for no more than 90 days in each of the first ten years of your life, and you applied for registration at any time after your 10th birthday: or 

 

  • You were born outside the UK on or after 1st January 1983, at the time of your birth one of your parents was a British citizen by descent, you apply for registration before your 18th birthday; or 

 

  • You were born in the UK before 1st July 2006, your parents were not married at the time of your birth, you have never been a British citizen, and you would have become a British citizen in specific circumstances had your parents been married at the time of your birth; or 

 

  • You are a British Overseas Territories Citizen, a British National (Overseas), a British Overseas Citizen, a British subject, or a British protected person, you apply for registration, you were in the UK five years before the date of application, during the intervening five year period you were not absent from the UK for more than 450 days or in the UK in breach of the immigration laws, and in the 12 months immediately before the date of application you were not absent from the UK for more than 90 days or subject to any restriction on the period for which you might remain in the UK; or  

 

  • You may be a British Overseas citizen, a British subject, a British protected person, or a British National (Overseas), you apply for registration, the State is satisfied that you do not have any other citizenship for nationality, and the Secretary of State is satisfied that you have not lost through action or inaction any other nationality at any time after 4th July 2002; or 

 

  • You were born outside the UK on or after 13th January 2010, at the time of your birth your mother or father was a member of the armed forces serving outside the UK, you apply for registration, and if you are under 18 at the date of application your parents consent to the registration. 

What else do I need to know about Registration as a British Citizen?

Along with the eligibility requirements stated above, there are other factors that may need to be considered for the applicant to be applicable for British Registration. This includes:  

  • Good character – if the applicant is aged 10 or over, the Secretary of State must be satisfied that they are of good character. In other words, they will be assessed on whether they have been involved in criminality or any deceptive activity that would suggest that they are not a positive addition to society. 

 

  •  Applying as a child – applications for registration on a discretionary basis, particularly as a child, can be somewhat difficult. One factor to consider for the children, is whether their future can be seen to lie in the UK. 

 

  • Applicants who are 18 and over – if you are over 18 when your application for registration as a British citizen is successful, you will be expected to attend a registration ceremony, in which you will receive your certificate of registration. 

How can Bridge Partners Immigration help?

Our immigration experts have substantial experience assisting with a range of nationality matters and making applications for British citizenship. We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs – as a highly driven team, we are committed to delivering results and making your immigration goals to obtain citizenship, a reality. Please contact us today if you would like to enquire about your eligibility for this route.  

Frequently Asked Skilled Worker visa​ Application Questions

Someone can be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa if they have a job offer from a sponsoring company in the UK for a job that is on the list of skilled worker occupations. In addition, the skilled worker must have the required skills and experience to undergo the role in the company and have the required level of English language ability.   

The minimum salary for the Skilled Worker visa is either £25,600 per year, £10.10 per hour or the “going rate” for the particular occupation code, whichever is highest. For each job on the Home Office occupation list, there is a “going rate” which details the recommended annual and hourly salary that an individual must earn for the role. The rates are based on a 39-hour week of work. Those applying for the Skilled Worker visa need 50 points to do so. These are gained from sponsorship, skill level and English language requirements. However, 20 further tradable points can be given to those that meet the minimum salary requirement. 

You cannot move to the UK without a job offer from a company that has a UK sponsor licence, unless you apply for the Global Talent visa where this is not a requirement. When you are applying for a Skilled Worker visa you must provide a certificate of sponsorship reference number which proves that you have a job offer and therefore permission to work in the UK with a registered sponsor.  

The general Skilled Worker visa requirements are that you must have a job offer from a company that is a UK-registered sponsor and have a certificate of sponsorship that confirms that you have permission to work in the UK within a specific job role. You must be paid the required minimum salary for the occupation, have the required skill level and English language ability to do the job and have enough funds to support yourself in the UK.   

Once all the correct documentation has been submitted, it takes around 3 weeks for an application for a Skilled Worker visa to be processed by the Home Office when applying outside of the UK. For applications within the UK, the standard processing time is 8 weeks, although this can take around 9 weeks on average.  

For the Skilled Worker visa, you will need to provide a valid passport and proof that you have a job in the UK with details about your job role, salary, and employer information. You will also need the reference number for your certificate of sponsorship which proves that you have an approved job offer with a registered UK sponsor. In addition, you will need to provide bank statements that show you are able to support yourself in the UK and proof of the required qualifications needed for the role such as an English language test and degree certificate.

Yes, you can study whilst on a Skilled Worker visa. There is no restriction on the number of hours you can study as long as it does not interfere with your work. Another requirement is that workers who study must first get an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate for their studies and present it to the education provider.  

Skilled Workers are not allowed to run their own businesses.