For the latest government information during the transition period, please visit https://www.gov.uk/transition.
There is a full list included in the UK points-based immigration system guidance.
If you are already a Home Office licensed sponsor for Tier 2 (general) visa sponsor then you will be automatically granted a new Skilled Worker license and the same applies for existing Intra-Company Transfer sponsors.
In addition to the definition detailed previously, there will be a requirement for a skilled worker to achieve a total of 70 points.
Each job will have a Standing Occupational Classification (SOC) code at a designated skill level. This code will determine whether the job meets the requirements of the skilled worker route. The full list of codes can be found in the July 2020 policy statement
Visit the Government website for a breakdown of characteristics and point system for skilled workers, relevant case studies and information on other routes, such as Global Talent route, the Graduate route and Creative routes.
Steps to consider now
There are a number of steps to take before applying for a license and these include:
- Check your business is eligible – cannot have unspent criminal convictions for things such as Money Laundering or fraud;
- Choose the type of skilled worker license you want to apply for;
- Decide who will manage the sponsorship within your business;
- Apply online and pay the license fees; there are different fees for small businesses and charities and medium/large employers;
- Note there are also fees known as the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) to be paid by the UK employer for each skilled migrant worker from 1st January 2021. Employers will need to pay £1,000 per skilled worker for the first 12 months and an additional charge of £500 for each subsequent six-month period thereafter.
Where you receive and transfer personal data to and or from organisations abroad may be restricted after 1st January 2021. Follow this link for further detailed guidance on transferring personal data.
Tax and National Insurance implications
The UK’s exit from the European Union has not changed existing arrangements for the avoidance of double taxation. The UK has bilateral double taxation agreements (DTAs) with all EU Member States and they continue to apply. DTAs protect individuals and businesses from double taxation where the same income or gains are taxable in both countries.