What are the benefits of a Tier 2 Skilled Worker visa in the UK?

07 Aug 2023, 25 mins ago

So, what are the benefits of the Skilled Worker visa from an employee’s perspective?


Unlike some work visa routes, the Skilled Worker visa does lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (ILR). Once you have lived in the UK continuously for 5 years, subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can apply for ILR.

There are a number of requirements you will need to meet when applying for ILR, which include confirmation from your employer that you are still required for your role, passing the Life in the UK test, and meeting the absence requirements.


On the Skilled Worker route, your children (under 18) and/or a partner (subject to eligibility criteria) can also join you in the UK as your dependants. Their visas will be granted in line with yours, and they will also be eligible to apply for ILR, provided the relevant requirements are met.


On a Skilled Worker visa you are also permitted to study in the UK. There is no limit on the number of hours you study, provided it does not interfere with the job you have been sponsored to do. It is important to note that you may need additional approval from the Home Office in the form of an ATAS certificate, depending on the topic you are studying.


Although the maximum period that you will be granted on your Skilled Worker visa will be 5 years, as the Immigration Rules currently stand, you can continue extending your Skilled Worker visas indefinitely. Therefore, if you find that you cannot meet the requirements for ILR, you can continue extending your Skilled Worker visa until you are able to submit a successful ILR application.

As above, there are a number of benefits of the Skilled Worker visa, however, there may be other visa options available to you if you are looking to work in the UK. The best option for you will depend on your circumstances and your future plans in the UK.

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