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Skill worker FAQs: Your Questions Answered

What are the circumstances that will warrant your skilled worker/tier 2 (General) work visa to be updated?

· If you want to change your job and your new job is with a different employer, your visa needs to be updated.

· If your job changes to a different occupation code, and you’re not in a graduate training programme, your visa needs to be updated.

· If you leave a job that is on the shortage occupation list for a job that is not on the list, your visa needs to be updated.

· If you take a second / additional job that is either more than 20 hours a week in addition to the job being sponsored for or job in a different occupation code, your visa needs to be updated.

Do you need to apply for update if your job is taken off the shortage occupation list?

No! You do not need to apply again if you stay in the same job, but your job is taken off the shortage occupation list.

Will you need to update your visa if you are doing a different job for your current employer?

Yes! If you’ll be doing a different job for your current employer, you only need to apply to update your visa if your new job is in a different occupation code. For example, if Exemplar Health Care Ltd employs you as a Health Care Assistant and you have a valid work visa to that effect. Thereafter, you apply for the role of Human Resource officer within Exemplar Health Care Ltd and you are offered the position, your work visa needs to be updated because you will now be working as Human Resource officer and not Health Care Assistant

Does your partner /children need to visa update after your update application?

Your partner or children will need to apply separately to update their visa. They can either apply at the same time as you, or at any time before their current visa expires.

Eligibility and what documents do you need for visa update application?

Your new job must meet the eligibility requirements and you’ll need a new certificate of sponsorship to prove this.

You’ll only need to provide other evidence again if you’ve been in the UK for less than one year.

When can you apply to update your visa?

You can apply to update your visa up to 3 months before the start date of your new job.

You can continue working in your current job while your new application is being considered, or to work out your notice period - as long as you apply before your current visa expires.

You should not start your new job until you’ve got confirmation of your new permission.

You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.

At KASH LEGAL SERVICES, we understand complexities of UK immigration process and committed guiding through every step. We work tirelessly to ensure your immigration experience is as smooth and stress free as possible. To arrange free consultation please feel free to call on 01144000340 or Email or visit our website

The information presented in this article is intended solely for providing general knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. It should not be considered as legal advice.

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