UK Scale-up Worker visa

Overview
 
Have you wondered what a UK Scale-up Worker visa is? Well, this visa UK you to permit to arrive in the UK if you are interested in seeking an eligible job for a fast-growing UK business. This visa is also known as"scale-up business".

This visa is an integral part of the points-based system for immigration to the UK. This route of UK immigration started to attract the best and brightest talent to the UK. This visa pathway intends to bring innovation to the UK by streamlining the UK Scale up visa procedure to invite applicants who are highly skilled" and "academically elite" to the UK.

Introduced on 22nd August 2022, this visa shall make it simpler for businesses in the UK, which are undergoing a faster pace in terms of growth in order to recruit the best-skilled labor from all around the globe.

 
Eligibility Requirements for UK Scale-up Worker visa
 
  • As an applicant, you must have a confirmed job offer to work for an approved scale-up business for a minimum duration of 6 months.
  • Your job should be eligible for the visa
  • You can only work for a UK scale-up business that the Home Office has approved.
  • The candidate should have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from their employer with information regarding their designation or role that they have been offered in the UK. This is not a physical document but an electronic record with a reference number required for the visa application.
  • Also, the job offer should be primarily from a profession on the list of eligible occupations in the UK.
  • Also, a minimum salary should be paid at your new job.
  • Salary requirements are among the three options and whichever is the highest. The following are £33,000 per year, £10.10 per hour, and the ‘going rate’ for the kind you shall be doing. Every occupation has its own annual going rate. You can check the going rate for your job in the table of eligible occupations.
  • This job offer should come from an approved UK employer, who shall have their name on the list of approved UK employers if they are genuine and eligible to sponsor. These approved UK employers are also your sponsors as they sponsor your journey and stay in the UK. To be eligible, they should have an eligible scale-up business.
  • Also, do not forget you should be able an applicant for this visa be able to speak, read, write and understand English. This can be proved by giving tests for which you need to get a minimum of B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. Even you can pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider. Also, there are other alternative ways, such as GCSE, A level, Scottish National Qualification level 4 or 5, etc.
 

Duration of Stay for Scale-up Worker visa

With the Scale-up Worker visa, you can reside in the UK for a duration of 2 years. If you need to stay more, you shall be required to apply for an extension on your visa. This extension for a stay in the UK can be up to 3 years. All you need to do is meet the requirements for eligibility. What more? If you continue to stay in the UK for five years, you can apply for permanent residency, which in other terms, is also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’ With this, you can hold the right to live, work and study as long as you wish. Also, you can access the benefits if you are eligible.


How to apply for the UK Scale-up Worker visa?
 
  • Keep in mind that you need to apply online
  • How you apply also depends on whether you are outside the UK and are coming here, inside the UK and filing for an extension, or within the UK and switching to another visa.
  • Once all the documents are ready, you can apply online
  • In case you want to change your employer in the first six months of employment in the sponsored job, you can even

Documents required for UK Scale-up Worker visa
 
  • You need documents like a certificate of the sponsorship reference number, proof of English language via approved tests, a valid passport, or other documents displaying your identity and nationality.
  • Additional documents such as job title and annual salary, occupation code of your job, and employer name, as well as their sponsor license number, should be mentioned on your certificate of sponsorship
  • Other not to forget documents are bank statements for proof of finance to support yourself, proof of relation with spouse and children in case they apply, and tuberculosis test results in case you are from a listed country.
  • An ATAS certificate is valid in case your employer wants it.
  • Also, you must have a blank page on your passport if you arrive in the UK and are outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein.
  • In case your documents are not in English or Welsh, you shall be required to provide a certified translation.

When to apply for a UK Scale-up Worker visa

You can apply for this visa three months before the day you are supposed to start working in the UK. You can look at this date, as it is present on your certificate of sponsorship. Also, keep in mind that you will need to prove your identity as well as documents. You should be permitted additional time if you need an appointment for this. This you can find out once you start your application process.


Cost of UK Scale-up Worker visa

Your spouse/partner, dependent children, and you will each be required to pay an amount of £715 as the application fee. Also, keep in mind to pay your healthcare surcharge for every year of your residence in the UK, which usually comes to £624 per year. Ensure that you have enough personal savings, which means you usually need to have a minimum of £1,270 available unless you’re excluded.

 

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