UK’s new Scale-up visa


To qualify for a Scale-up worker visa, you must:

  • Have a confirmed job offer to work for an approved scale-up business for at least 6 months
  • Have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • Have a job offer to do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations
  • Be paid a minimum salary in your new job

Salary requirements

You will need to be paid whichever is the highest out of the following 3 options:

  • £33,000 per year
  • £10.10 per hour
  • The ‘going rate’ for the type of work you will be doing

Approved UK employers

  • You must have a job offer from an approved UK employer
  • Approved employers are also known as sponsors because they are sponsoring you to come to or stay in the UK.
  • Check if your UK employer is eligible to sponsor you.
  • Your UK employer will be on the list of approved UK employers if they’re eligible to sponsor you. ‘Scale-up Worker’ must be listed in the ‘

When to apply for UK Scale-up visa

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

Knowledge of English

You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English. You will usually need to prove your knowledge of English to prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to at least level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.

How long you can stay on UK’s Scale-up work visa

  • You can stay in the UK with a Scale-up Worker visa for 2 years.
  • You can extend your visa as many times as you like by 3 years, as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.
  • After 5 years, you may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK

How much it costs:

  • Application Fee £715
  • Pay the healthcare surcharge for each year
  • Prove he has enough personal savings (£1,270)

Advantages –

This gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you’re eligible. Can lead to British Citizenship

Contact SBA Solicitors for more information today.

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