3.Condition C:

a. The applicant must be studying a full-time course of study leading to the award of a PHD with a higher education provider which has a track record of compliance; and

b. The COS must have a start date no earlier than 24 months after the date of that course.

Can Student Dependents apply for Skilled worker visa?

Yes, student dependents can apply for skilled worker visa while remaining in the UK. But the students cannot apply for dependent visa of a skilled worker unless they have completed the course that they have embarked upon.

Requirements of Skilled Worker Visa Applications

It is mandatory to meet the validity, suitability and eligibility for all the skilled worker visa applicants. It is important to note that you will be required to have a certificate of sponsorship to be able to apply for leave to enter or leave to remain as a skilled worker. It is a PBS immigration route and would require successful applicants to score 70 points in order to qualify i.e.

Sponsorship 20 points

Job at appropriate level 20 points

English language 10 points

Tradeable points 20 points

Applicants will also need to meet the English language requirements as well as the maintenance requirements, though if the sponsor certifies for maintenance the applicants will be exempt from this requirement. The applicants applying from outside the UK may also need overseas criminal record certificate, if they are apply for health care visa or some other positions.

Applicant’s Prospective Salary

The Applicant need to be paid at least £38,700 per year or the appropriate rate for the job offered, whichever is higher. There are however a number of exceptions where the applicant may be offered lower figure:

1. The applicant has a PHD in a subject relevant to the job and their salary equals or exceeds both;

£34,830 per year; and

90% of the going rate for the SOC 2020 occupation code.

2. The applicant has a PHD in a STEM subject relevant to the job and their salary equals or exceeds both;

£30,960 per year; and

80% of the going rate for the SOC 2020 occupation code

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3. The applicant is being sponsored for a job on the Immigration Salary list and their salary equals or exceeds both;

£30,960 per year; and

The going rate for the SOC 2020 occupation code

4. The applicant is a new entrant at the start of their career and their salary equals or exceeds both;

£30.960 per year; and

70% of the going rate for the SOC Code 2020 occupation code.

Who is a New Entrant?

The applicant is under 26 years of age on the date of the application.

The applicant is sponsored for a post-doctoral position in one of the occupations like Chemical scientists, Biological scientists etc.

The applicant is working towards a recognized professional qualification in a UK regulated profession.

The applicant is working towards full registration or chartered status with the relevant professional body for the job they are sponsored for.

The applicant’s most recent permission, other than as a visitor, was under Tier 4 (General) or the student route. The permission must either be current or has expired less than 2 years before the date of application.

The applicant’s most recent permission was under the Graduate route.

English Language Requirements


The applicant scores 10 points for being a national of one of the English speaking Countries

or having completed UK Bachelors level qualification in one of the English Speaking countries

or having passed an approved English language test at CFER level B1

or having provided evidence of English language (equivalent to B1 or above) in another immigration application.

Maintenance Requirements in Skilled Worker Visa Applications

The Applicant must demonstrate that he/ she has access to at least £1270 in their bank accounts for 28 days prior to the date of their application for Skilled worker Visa. This requirement may also be met if the sponsor certifies the applicant for maintenance purposes while issuing CoS (Certificate of Sponsorship) or if the applicant has been in the UK for at least 12 months with permission.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Once the sponsor [i.e. UK based licensed Employer] is allocated a sponsorship certificate to employ an overseas national, based abroad or in the UK, they need to issue to the applicant providing all the relevant details and the applicant is then required to make his entry clearance application or leave to remain, if already in the UK and is able to switch.

Visa Duration for Skilled Worker Visa Applications

The maximum stay with a Skilled worker visa in the UK is up to 5 years and 14 days, or the time given on the issued certificate of sponsorship plus 1 month, whichever is shorter.

Dependents of Skilled Workers

Skilled workers are allowed to invite their spouses / partners and children under 18 years of age to join them as their dependents and they may also qualify for ILR upon completion of the required period of time, unless the main applicant was given leave to remain as a Care worker or Senior Care worker after 04 April 2024. The dependents will be able to work in the UK.

The dependent partner must have access to at least £285, the first dependent child must have access to at least £315 while any other children must have access to at least £200, maintained for at least 28 days.

Refusal of Entry Clearance

If the entry clearance application is refused by the ECO (visa officer) in the overseas British Diplomatic post, the applicant will be given a right of review of the decision that must be exercised within 28 days of the date of service of decision. There will not be any general right of appeal against any such decision made by the visa officer. If the administrative review also fails, the matter then can be taken to the Upper Tribunal by lodging judicial review proceedings.

Refusal of Leave to Remain

applicant is granted right of administrative review that must be exercised within 14 days of the date of service of decision. There will not be any general right of appeal against any such decision made by the Home office. If the administrative review also fails, the matter then can be taken to the Upper Tribunal by lodging judicial review proceedings.


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A) Assessment of your Immigration Matter: We carefully asses merits of your intended visa application, further leave to remain, immigration appeal, Judicial Review or any other immigration matter, as the case may be.

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D) Review of Information and Documents: We then very carefully review the requested documentation and information and make sure that your application etc. is aligned with the relevant laws. In immigration appeal or Judicial Review matters, we discuss suitability of the immigration barristers for the particular matters.

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