International students who want to study abroad can now apply for the UK’s skilled worker visa

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International students who are interested to study abroad can now obtain a job offer from a company and seek to move from the student route visa to the skilled worker visa right away.

Since the Home Office has approved interested study abroad students to secure a job offer from an employer and apply to switch from the student route visa to the skilled worker visa immediately, there is no longer any requirement that international students studying in United Kingdom universities have at least a university degree qualification before seeking employment. 

Long-term work authorization for up to five years is provided by the UK Skilled Worker Visa. In order to fill some qualified, skilled positions, it permits firms to hire non-UK residents. The skilled worker path allows you to extend your visa before it expires and then apply for citizenship in the UK one year later after meeting the requirements for five years. Compared to the graduate route, which requires students to pay high course fees and maintenance for the duration of their education, before accessing the jobs market, this new method offers a more affordable and reasonable track to full-time employment in the UK. 

Here’s a quick look at the eligibility criteria in order to apply:

  • Students who already have another sort of visa and are in the UK may be able to apply to switch to a skilled worker visa.
  • Students must be able to read, write, speak, and comprehend English.
  • Students must be paid at least £10.10 per hour (INR 1011) or at least £25,600 per year (INR 25.63 Lakh). 
  • In some healthcare positions, where national pay scales determine the going rate, there are differing salary guidelines.
  • The visa is only good for the applicant to keep their job with the employer who sponsored them.
  • One must apply for a new Skilled Worker visa if they want to switch jobs or employers.

Due to the enormous demand, the Home Office currently recommends an 11-week average duration time to receive a decision on skilled worker visas.

Employing international students who aspire to study and currently residing in the UK can help fill the labour deficit in critical service industries like healthcare that have been affected by Brexit.

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