ArticleHow to extend skilled worker visa?

The Skilled Worker visa, valid for up to five years, is a gateway for skilled individuals to work in the UK. However, to continue residing in the UK beyond this period, you must apply for a Skilled Worker visa extension before your current visa expires. This is essential to avoid the legal complications of overstaying.

Similar to the initial application process, individuals seeking a visa extension must demonstrate their continued compliance with the eligibility criteria set out for the Skilled Worker category. This article provides a detailed overview of these requirements and outlines the steps involved in submitting a successful Skilled Worker visa extension application.

Eligibility requirements for extension

The extension process requires that you continue to meet the eligibility criteria set out for the Skilled Worker route. Key requirements include:

  • Employment in the same job role as when the original visa was granted.
  • Your job must fall within the same occupation code as your initial permission.
  • Continuation with the same employer who assigned your existing Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and who must still be an approved sponsor by the UK Home Office.

Notably, if you have been living and working in the UK for 12 months or more on the date of your renewal application, you automatically meet the financial requirement and do not need to show funds of at least £1,270.

Application process for visa extension

Applying for a Skilled Worker visa extension involves several steps:

  1. Online application: Initiate the process by submitting an online application from within the UK, along with the required supporting documentation.
  2. New Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): You must have a new CoS from your employer for the renewal application.
  3. Identity Verification: Depending on your passport type and origin, you may need to provide biometric details (fingerprints and photograph) at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to get a biometric residence permit. Alternatively, you might use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document.
  4. Awaiting the Decision: After applying, you must not travel outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man until you receive a decision from UKVI. If you travel outside these areas during this period, your application will be withdrawn.

The Skilled Worker visa extension is a vital process for those looking to prolong their professional journey in the UK. Ensuring that you meet the eligibility criteria and follow the application process meticulously is key to a successful extension. As always, it’s advisable to seek professional guidance to handle this process smoothly.

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