The Home Office recently announced an update to the Skilled Worker visa requirements. From 7 August 2023, Skilled Worker applicants will need to meet the new “genuineness requirement”.
What is the new Genuineness requirement?
As part of a Skilled Worker application, the caseworker will need to be satisfied that the migrant:
- Genuinely intends to undertake the role
- Is capable of undertaking the role
- Does not intend to undertake employment other than in the role for which they are being sponsored (there are some exemptions)
How will the Home Office assess this?
The Home Office may ask for additional information or may request that the applicant attend an interview in order to be satisfied that the genuineness requirement has been met.
During this assessment, the Home Office may take into account the applicant’s knowledge of the role, relevant experience and skills, knowledge of the sponsor in the UK and how they were recruited.
Failure to provide the information or attend the interview could lead to the refusal of the application.
Will all applications be scrutinised further?
The Home Office guidance states that caseworkers will not usually need to undertake further checks to establish that these requirements are met. This should only be done if, among other things, the caseworker has concerns that the employer is assigning unusually large numbers of Certificates of Sponsorship for the same type of role, there are reasonable grounds to suspect the applicant will not be working in the role, or there are other concerning factors.
To avoid any delays or issues, it may be worth submitting additional supporting documents to satisfy the genuineness requirement as part of new Skilled Worker visa applications.
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