Dec 21, 2022
Students are eligible to apply or to change (switch) to a skilled worker visa if they are already in the UK on another type of visa. For instance, if you are in the UK with a student visa then you can seamlessly switch to the skilled worker visa category, which became effective on December 1st, 2020, replacing the Tier 2 route.
Read on to understand the process of switching from a student visa to a skilled worker visa if you are already living in the UK.
There is an immigration status requirement under the new point-based system through which the eligibility criteria are determined.
Students, who are applying for permission to stay in the UK, must be in the UK at the time of application. An applicant who is not holding a student visa but staying in the UK with below mentioned visa statuses are not permitted to apply for switch visa category within the UK -
This is to say you can change from the student visa category to the skilled worker category within the UK.
If you are a new entrant, you can be automatically considered, given that your age is under 26. You may also be deemed as a new entrant if one of the following circumstances apply to you –
There are some other criteria as well to be qualified as a new entrant –
All these may seem like a lot, but we at KC Overseas, one of India's fastest-growing Ed-tech companies, make sure that none of our students goes through any troubles while filling out the applications.
Moreover, at KC Overseas, we help you to find a suitable financing option to fund your education in the UK and seamlessly manage the cost to study in the UK. We also help you to find and apply for suitable scholarships to help you manage your finances better.
As a neophyte in the labour market, you may get employed by companies seeking to hire capable workers through the skilled worker route with a salary equal to or ranging from the general threshold (£25,600) and 100% of the standard rate for the position (as specified in the relevant occupation code mentioned above), whichever is higher.
As a new entrant to the labour market, you may get a wage that is equivalent to or greater than £20,480 per year and 70% of the industry standard. This value is much lower and will allow new hires to be paid less. However, you can be paid anywhere between 70% and 90% of the usual going rate for your job if your salary is at least £20,480 per year and you meet one of the following criteria:
Though there is no age restriction for this route, however, you must be at least 18 years old by the date you apply to be a skilled worker.
For you to qualify for a skilled worker visa, you need to fulfil conditions for UK Visas and Immigration Policies –
Apart from that, you have to meet the financial requirements set by the Government of the UK if you are seeking permission to stay or have been permitted in the UK for 12 months or more at the time of application. As a result, the majority of students asking to switch will be spared from producing further financial documentation. Furthermore, in the case of individuals transferring within the UK, a TB and criminal record certificate are not necessary.
To sum up, if you are planning to study in the UK and then stay there for work, then understanding this process of switching from a student visa to a work visa is imperative.