Can you sponsor a visa for a nanny in the United Kingdom?
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Can you sponsor a visa for a nanny in the United Kingdom?

According to the new immigration rules, a nanny is a “skilled worker." As a result, individuals and households can now hire nannies from all over the world. If the family has a sponsor licence, they can now work for the family. In order to receive a sponsor licence, a few requirements must be satisfied, one of which is that the nanny must be comfortable communicating in English.

Employment agencies are unlikely to be able to sponsor this post and find a family for the nanny. This is due to the fact that the nanny's employer is responsible for paying the nanny's salary as well as determining all of the nanny's duties and responsibilities. However, the positions of butler and head housekeeper have been omitted from the list.

What does the Skilled Worker path entail?

The Home Office made several adjustments to the new points-based immigration system towards the end of 2020. The Skilled Worker route superseded the Tier 2 (General Work Visa) route. While both Skilled Worker and Tier 2 (General Work Visa) routes have certain similarities, modifications have been made to allow firms to sponsor a larger workforce from outside the UK. These changes appear to make the system considerably more flexible, which could encourage migrants to consider the UK as a more enticing option. A route for skilled individuals with a job offer from a registered organisation will be included in the new points-based system.

Reduced minimum skill level

Starting in January 2021, any job offered to an international worker must have a required skill level of RQF3 or higher (this is equivalent to A level). Migrants applying for a Skilled Worker visa will not need formal qualifications, unlike its predecessor, which required RQF6 skill level with a few exceptions where the skill level was lower, such as nurses and cooks. However, whether or not the criterion is met will be determined by the skill level of the work they would be undertaking.

Lowering the salary ceiling

Unlike the Tier 2 (General) visa, which required a minimum salary of £30,000 to sponsor from abroad, the Skilled Worker visa requires a salary of at least £25,600. Employers who want to hire a skilled worker through the Skilled Worker route must give the skilled worker a wage that meets or surpasses both this salary threshold and the "going rate" for the occupation (as defined by the Standard Occupational Classification system), whichever is higher.

Those who take the Skilled Worker route, on the other hand, may be paid less than the new general income because they will be granted more "tradeable points" for other traits. This is a new and distinct route from the Tier 2 General route.

The following are some examples of low-paid skilled workers:

  • An applicant who is offered a job on the shortage occupation list may be paid a payment that is equal to or greater than the general salary of £20,480 per year and 80 per cent of the going rate under the relevant SOC codification.
  • Under the relevant SOC code, an applicant who is considered a new entrant may be paid an annual wage that equals or surpasses both £20,480 and 70% of the going rate.
  • A PhD candidate may be paid an annual salary that is equal to or greater than £23,040 and 90% of the market rate for the applicable SOC code.

A nanny working for a Household also falls under the same category.

Sponsorship Cap for Skilled Workers

Because the cap on the number of migrants permitted into the UK has been lifted, there is no defined number of migrants who should be allowed through the Skilled Worker route.

What are the advantages of applying for a skilled worker visa?

  • Employers will have a better opportunity to acquire talent from all over the world.
  • The new method eliminates the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT), which allowed permanent people to seek jobs before they were offered to migrants.
  • More lenient restrictions that allow visa routes to be switched from within the UK.
  • New recruits have lower minimum salary criteria (who are starting their career). They must earn at least 70% of the average wage for their occupation code or £20,480, whichever is higher.
  • The number of skilled employees that can come to the UK will be unlimited.
  • In contrast to the traditional Tier 2 (General) visa path, where skilled employees could apply for up to six-year renewals, skilled workers can now apply for limitless visa extensions.
  • After five years of living, working, and establishing oneself in the UK, applicants can apply for ILR.

What are the requirements for obtaining a Skilled Worker visa?

To apply for the Skilled Worker route, an applicant will require the following documents:

  • A valid passport is required.
  • A certificate of sponsorship (CoS) is a document that the employer issues.
  • The employment offer must specify a skill level of RQF3 or higher (A level equivalent)
  • Proof of achieving the required level of English language proficiency
  • If your country is mentioned in Appendix T, evidence that the candidate meets the maintenance requirement, either by demonstrating evidence of their funds or an undertaking from their employer TB test.

Minimum point requirement

To qualify for the Skilled Worker path, a candidate must have a minimum of 70 points.

All skilled migrants are required to receive 50 points, which are as follows:

  • 10 points if you can speak English at the required level.
  • 20 points if you have a job offer from a sponsor who has been approved.
  • 20 points for relevant skill level for the applied job

Other tradeable points, such as salary points, can be used to make up the remaining 20 points.

Reach out to us for more information

The role of a nanny is eligible for a Skilled Worker visa, but the application process for a  Skilled Worker visa is demanding and comes with a number of terms & conditions. If you need assistance with the same, contact Top 10 Immigration Lawyers in London UK.

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