Can I convert my Dependant visa to a Skilled Worker visa?

29 Nov 2022, 21 mins ago

If you are living in the UK on a Dependant visa, it is possible to switch to a Skilled Worker visa in the UK, provided you meet the eligibility criteria. 

In certain circumstances, you may want to switch from a Dependant visa to a work visa route, such as the Skilled Worker route. For instance, if you were married or in a civil partnership with the main applicant but are no longer in such a relationship , their job is coming to an end, or their visa might get revoked. 

What are the differences between the dependant and work visa routes?

Please note that while a Dependent visa allows you to work anywhere and in any position with any salary, the Skilled Worker route binds you to one employer. You also have to meet specific eligibility requirements. Under the Skilled Worker route, your immigration permission depends on your continued employment with the sponsor organisation.

What are the general requirements for the Skilled Worker route?

You must meet various requirements under the Skilled Worker route. They will vary depending on your circumstances, but you must obtain a job offer from a sponsoring employer first. The role must meet certain skill and salary criteria, as set by the Home Office. The sponsoring employer will be required to assign a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for your role. In addition to the above, you will also be required to satisfy the English language and maintenance requirements.

When to apply and where to apply

As a Dependant, you can apply for a Skilled Worker visa from within the UK. You can apply up to 3 months before your sponsored employment commences. You must make an application before your current permission to stay expires. In other cases, you may have to apply from overseas.

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