What is a SOC code?

15 Apr 2024, 00 mins ago

In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of SOC codes, why they matter in UK immigration and how they impact individuals seeking to live and work in the United Kingdom.

What is a SOC Code?

SOC stands for Standard Occupational Classification, and a SOC code is a unique identifier assigned to specific occupations. These codes, typically comprised of four digits, help categorise and organise different job roles based on their responsibilities and skill requirements. For those navigating the complexities of UK immigration, SOC codes become a vital component, influencing various aspects of the application process.

SOC codes are closely linked to the type of work individuals plan to undertake in the UK. Certain occupations require specific skill sets and qualifications, and SOC codes help the Home Office assess whether an applicant’s intended job aligns with the criteria set for the visa category they are applying for.

Different visa categories are associated with specific SOC codes. For example, the Skilled Worker Visa in the UK requires applicants to have a job offer with an eligible SOC code. Understanding which SOC code corresponds to a particular profession is crucial when selecting the appropriate visa category.

SOC codes are also tied to salary thresholds for certain visa categories. The income associated with a specific SOC code can impact an applicant’s eligibility for a particular visa. It is important to be aware of the minimum salary requirements associated with the SOC code corresponding to the intended occupation.

The new rules, which came into effect on 04 April 2024,  have introduced new SOC codes for various jobs. It is therefore essential to understand the correct SOC code that is applicable for the relevant job to avoid any complications.

How Gherson can assist

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