Work Visas

Skilled Worker Visa

A Skilled Worker visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer.

The List of organisations licensed to sponsor workers on the Worker and Temporary Worker immigration routes can be found below:

Job Requirements

  • your job is eligible for this visa
  • you’ll be working for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office 
  • you’ll be paid at least the minimum salary for the type of work you’ll be doing
  • The minimum salary for the type of work you’ll be doing is whichever is the highest out of the following 3 options:
  • £25,600 per year
  • £10.10 per hour
  • the ‘going rate’ for the type of work you’ll be doing

Visa duration

  • Visa will be valid for 5 years
  • Will have to update it when changing employer/job must still meet the requirements
  • After 5 years can apply to settle

Healthcare or Education jobs

There are different salary rules if you work in some healthcare or education jobs. Your salary must be at least £20,480 – or more if your job’s ‘going rate’ is higher.

View the list of eligible healthcare and education jobs to see if the job is included.

Graduate Visa

This route is for international students who want to work following the successful completion of a course of study at UK bachelor’s degree-level or above.


You can apply for a Graduate visa if all of the following applied:

  • You’re in the UK
  • Your current visa is a Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa
  • You studied a UK bachelor’s degree, postgraduate degree or other eligible course for a minimum period of time with your Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa
  • You’ve successfully completed that course

Visa duration

  • A Graduate visa lasts for 2 years.
  • If you have a PHD or other doctoral qualification, it will last for 3 years.

Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

You can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5) if you:

  • want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years
  • are aged 18 to 30
  • have £2,530 in savings
  • hold a BNO passport (if HK see ballot)
  • meet the other eligibility requirements

You can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa if you’re from:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • San Marino

You must be selected in the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot before you can apply for your visa if you’re from:

  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan

Visa duration

  • Your visa will be valid for 2 years, allowing you to work and switch jobs freely without having to update your visa.

Global Talent Visa

You can apply for a Global Talent visa to work in the UK if you’re a leader or potential leader in one of the following fields:

  • academia or research
  • arts and culture
  • digital technology

Before you apply for a visa

  • Can apply if you have successfully applied for an endorsement to prove that you are a leader or potential leader.
  • You can apply for the visa without an endorsement if you’ve won an eligible award. Find out which awards are eligible.

Visa duration

  • Visa will be valid for 5 years
  • Can extend visa when expires
  • Can apply to settle after 3 or 5 years depending on which field you work in