What is the skilled worker visa occupation code?
This article explains the skilled worker visa and how the occupation codes work.
Unknown to most people, there are only a certain number of job positions eligible for the skilled worker visa. Each of these occupations have been assigned a corresponding occupational code. Therefore, for employers to sponsor individuals under the skilled worker visa, they will need to find the relevant occupational code in order to enter it on the skilled worker application.
The occupation code selected will have to match as closely with the visa applicant’s role as possible since job descriptions and summaries are also part of the application. If the occupation code is wrong, there is a high chance the skilled worker visa will be refused.
Eligible roles and their corresponding codes can be found on the gov.uk website HERE
Nevertheless, this list is subject to change and sponsors should ensure they check the list regularly in case of updates.
Why is it important to find the right occupation code?
Finding the right occupation code will also help employers find the ‘going-rate’ for the role. The going rate is important in the skilled worker visa application as it defines the minimum salary threshold that an applicant must earn for a successful application. However, there are exceptions to this, which your immigration solicitor will be able to explain to you as they have years of experience in the field.
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