Foreigners must first have to a job offer from a UK company that is a licensed sponsor company and this company must be registered with the UK Home Office.
South Africans can apply for this visa if a licensed sponsor company has issued them with their unique Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) number. The Certificate of Sponsorship (COS), contrary to its name, is not a paper document but rather a virtual document which carries a specific reference number. This reference number is specific to you and the job that you have been offered so can only be used once.
Since the 1 January 2021, the UK employer is no longer required to conduct a resident labour market test. This test previously required the UK employer to show that no 'settled worker' is available for a particular job vacancy.
To qualify for a Skilled Worker visa, you must:
- work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
- have a ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’ (COS) from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
- do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations
- be paid a minimum salary - how much depends on the type of work you do
Other UK work visas for example include the Health and Care Worker visa and Intra-Company routes but there are also other visa types.
You must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for a Health and Care Worker visa:
- you’re a qualified doctor, nurse, health professional or adult social care professional
- your job is eligible for this visa
- you’ll be working for a UK health and care sector employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
- you’ll be paid the minimum salary or the ‘going rate’ for the type of work you’ll be doing - whichever is higher
There are 2 Intra-Company routes:
- Intra-Company Transfer: this is for established employees who are being transferred by their overseas employer to do a skilled job for a linked employer in the UK
- Intra-Company Graduate Trainee: this is for employees taking part in a structured graduate training programme who are being transferred by their overseas employer to a linked employer in the UK
Please be aware: Not just any UK company can offer you employment therefore first check with Visa Box as there are lots of fake offers of employment (scams).
How to spot a scam:
- You have been offered a job without a face to face or telephonic interview
- the remuneration offered doesn't match the type of job you will be doing
- the offer of employment doesn't specify your name and the signature on the document often doesn't match the name of the signatory
- often these offers of employment will have a stamp on them which is clearly not real
- offers often come from big firms like Chevron, Sony etc
- they may request that you pay money to further the process. You should never have to pay to get a job
- The job offer is to fill a position that you have no prior experience in.
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