The new UK Skilled Worker visa is a big change to the UK work visa system. From 1 January 2021, it’ll also apply to all non-UK and non-Irish foreign nationals coming to the UK to work.
Any EU, EEA or Swiss nationals who have applied for Settled Status or Pre-settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme don’t need a UK Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK. But people from these countries coming to the UK from overseas without Settled Status or Pre-settled Status will need to consider the UK Skilled Worker visa if they want to live and work in the UK.
Even though the UK Skilled Worker visa simplifies a lot of things for visa applicants and employers alike, because it’s new, everyone going through the process will be doing it for the first time.
And when you’re applying for a visa for the first time, it’s normal to have a lot of questions.
That’s the position my wife found herself in when she first applied for a UK work visa.
We’d applied for many different visas in the past, but the work visa was a first.
And here’s the thing.
I’ve worked in visas and immigration for more than a decade, including setting up and running more UK visa application centres than anyone on the planet (140+ if you’re interested!), but even I was unsure.
So we decided to use an immigration advisor.
And man, was it hard to find someone we could trust.
We eventually got a recommendation from a colleague, and it turned out great. The advisor did everything for us, even filling in the visa application form and saving us several hours doing it ourselves.
But if we didn’t have that recommendation, it would’ve been a very time-consuming process to find an immigration advisor we could trust, as calling them up, giving them our details and then waiting for a quote – all during office hours – would be a massive drain on our time.
And that’s why I created Help with my visa!
We’ve made it easier for you to make a successful UK Skilled Worker visa application by letting you find an immigration advisor you can trust entirely online and when it suits you.
You can even compare immigration advisor services and prices online, and book and pay for everything securely using any internet-connected device. You won’t get this level of transparency – or convenience – anywhere else, even if you go direct.
On Help with my visa! you can:
> Search for a vetted immigration advisor to help prepare your UK Skilled Worker visa application
> Compare services – including which service languages are offered – and compare prices to see which immigration advisor best suits your needs
> Book an initial consultation online to start your UK Skilled Worker visa application
> Securely pay for the immigration advice service using a credit or debit card, or using PayPal
> Immediately receive a booking confirmation and a tax-compliant receipt for your records
And to give you extra peace of mind, if your UK Skilled Worker visa application is refused we’ll refund all the fees you’ve paid for the immigration advice service as well as our own fees – this is our 100% money-back guarantee and you won’t find it anywhere else, even when booking direct with an immigration advisor
All immigration advisors listed on Help with my visa! have gone through a rigorous vetting process so you can have confidence in their service quality. When they request to join Help with my visa! we check three things:
1) Regulatory approval – we check that they have the required regulatory approval to provide immigration advice services
2) Financial stability – we run a business credit check on the immigration advisor using Experian to make sure they’re a well-run business
3) Customer service – we check independent customer reviews on TrustPilot, Feefo, Google Business, etc. to ensure they provide a high quality service
You can be confident the advisors on Help with my visa! remain legitimate as we check all three of these things on a regular basis to ensure continued compliance.
The bottom line is if you’re here, you want a UK Skilled Worker visa.
And you want to be confident that there’s no risk to you when making your visa application.
In the highly unlikely event your UK Skilled Worker visa is refused, you’re covered by our 100% money-back guarantee.
Terms and conditions apply but the bottom line is if your UK Skilled Worker visa application is refused due to something your immigration advisor did – or failed to do – we’ll refund you the fees you’ve paid us.
That’s a refund on your immigration advice fee and the Help with my visa! fees.
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Immigration advice is a professional service provided by a regulated individual to help you make a successful visa application.
A full immigration advice service includes: confirming you’re applying for the right type of visa; advising you on how to prepare your visa application, including what supporting documents you need to provide and what they need to contain; completing the visa application form on your behalf; managing the payment of visa and other fees; booking an appointment for you at your chosen visa application centre; corresponding with the government caseworker if required; and answering all of your questions along the way.
No, in the UK only regulated individuals may provide immigration advice for UK visa applications.
These regulated individuals must be registered with either the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) or the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Anyone else providing immigration advice as defined under Section 82 of the UK Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (as amended) is breaking the law – this includes family, friends and people posting on message boards.
Only regulated individuals in the UK may provide immigration advice. Anyone providing immigration advice as defined under Section 82 of the UK Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (as amended) on a forum who isn’t regulated by either the OISC or SRA is breaking the law.
You should use an immigration advisor if you want 100% confidence that your visa application is correctly prepared.
You should also use an immigration advisor if you’re unsure about how to prepare your visa application or what your options are.
Finally, you should use an immigration advisor if you simply want a competent professional to do everything for you so you can concentrate on what’s important to you.
Help with my visa! makes it quick and easy for you to search for and compare immigration advice service 100% online. So no more calling around during office hours for quotes or bouncing emails backwards and forwards, you can get the help you need with your visa application online right now using any device.
We strictly vet all immigration advisors we work with to ensure they hold the required registrations, as well as checking that they’re financially strong and provide an excellent level of customer service. So when you appoint an immigration advisor through Help with my visa! You can be confident they’re reputable and provide a high quality service.
Finally, you’ll get the Help with my visa! 100% money-back guarantee if your visa application is refused. T&Cs apply. You won’t get this guarantee anywhere else, including by going direct.
Help with my visa! is a marketplace for immigration advice services. We help people like you find quality, vetted immigration advisors and appoint them 100% online to help successfully prepare your visa application.
We’re a limited company registered in the UK and have been trading since 2015. Help with my visa! Is run by Gareth Richards, a global expert in visas and immigration who has worked for UK Visas and Immigration as well as visa outsourcing firms TLScontact, Sopra Steria (UKVCAS) and TT Services (now part of VFS Global).
You can read more on our About Us page.
No, and as we don’t provide immigration advice services ourselves, we don’t need to be regulated.
We’ve confirmed that our business model is fully compliant with the law by speaking to both UK regulators: OISC and SRA.
Yes, several of the immigration advisors we work with offer multilingual services.
When you click the button below you’ll be able to filter by service language. Service languages are also displayed on each service page in bullet point form just above the main service description.
No, you need a job offer from a Home Office sponsor licence holder before you can apply for a Skilled Worker visa. One of the mandatory documents for the Skilled Worker visa is a Certificate of Sponsorship, which your prospective employer must issue to you.
So you’ll need to have a job offer first before you can apply for your UK visa.
Yes, all immigration advice services on sale through Help with my visa! are COVD-19-safe.
Many immigration advice services are now virtual, that is, they take place over a combination of telephone and video calls, email and messaging. As UK visa applications are now fully digital, there’s no need for immigration advisers to see hardcopy documents. This means you’re free to choose the immigration advisor that best suits your needs, regardless of their location.
Where face-to-face services are still provided, immigration advisors have social distancing and cleaning procedures in place to ensure your safety. This includes limits on the number of personnel in an office or room at any one time, the wearing of face masks during consultations and regular hand washing and cleaning of equipment and furniture with disinfectant.
Virtual appointments are immigration advice services provided at distance, using a combination of telephone calls, video calls, email and messaging. As UK visa applications are now digital, immigration advisors don’t need to see hardcopy documents so can provide virtual appointments.
This means you can use the immigration advisor that’s best for you, regardless of where they’re based.
The cost of immigration advice depends on several factors, such as the type of visa you’re applying for, your financial circumstances and how many people are applying with you. You can check prices by clicking on the button below.
Services start at around £500 plus VAT and fees per person but can run into the thousands of pounds per person. You can find the lowest price service for each visa type by looking out for the red ‘lowest price’ ribbon when searching.
Typically, everyone applying with you will need to pay for immigration advice services. Some immigration advisors charge dependents lower fees than the lead applicant, which can make them cheaper to use for families. You can find immigration advisors who charge dependents less by looking out for the orange ‘best value’ ribbon when searching.
The fees you pay for immigration advice bought through Help with my visa! contains a Help with my visa! service fee. This fee is what we charge for providing the marketplace service we offer, which includes our 100% money-back guarantee.
Fees are typically set at 5% of the total cost of your immigration advice service, but may be a flat fee spending upon which service you purchase. Fees are clearly stated underneath the ‘book now’ button on each service page and are applied at checkout.
You can make a secure payment for your immigration advice fees and Help with my visa! fees online when you book an appointment.
You have the option of paying by credit or debit card, which is processed through a Stripe payment gateway. Alternatively you can pay by PayPal.
Both payment gateways use the same strong level of security and encryption as commercial banks (AES-256), meaning your payments are completely safe.
Absolutely. You have the option of paying by credit or debit card, which is processed through a Stripe payment gateway. Alternatively you can pay by PayPal.
Both payment gateways use the same strong level of security and encryption as commercial banks (AES-256), meaning your payments are completely safe.
You can see appointment availability on each service page by looking at the calendar on the right-hand side (on desktop) or at the top of the page (on mobile).
Days marked in light green have available appointment slots.
Days marked in dark green have no further availability that day.
Days marked in grey have no appointments available.
Yes, many of our immigration advisors offer same day appointments. However, these must be booked in the morning for an afternoon appointment.
You can cancel your immigration advice service at any time. Your entitlement to a refund depends on where you are in the process when you request to cancel the service.
After booking an appointment on Help with my visa! for the next 14 calendar days up to 24 hours before your appointment you can cancel and obtain a full refund of all fees paid provided none of the services you purchased have been provided in part or in full. You can do this for any reason. This is your Statutory Right.
If you decide to cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment or immediately after your initial consultation with the immigration advisor, you will be entitled to a refund of the immigration advice fees minus the cost of 1-hour of the immigration advisor’s time. This is typically between £100 to £200. Help with my visa! fees are non-refundable.
If you decide to cancel after your initial consultation but before your visa application has been submitted, you will be entitled to a refund of up to 50% of the immigration advice fees. Help with my visa! fees are non-refundable.
If you decide to withdraw your visa application after it’s been submitted you are not entitled to a refund of any fees.
If you’re applying for a UK Skilled Worker visa from overseas you can apply at any time once you have your Certificate of Sponsorship and your other supporting documents prepared.
If you’re applying to switch to the UK Skilled Worker visa from a different visa inside the UK, you can apply up to 90 days before your current visa expires.
If you’re inside the UK and are changing jobs and need to apply for a new visa (e.g. going to work for a different company and you currently hold any type of Tier 2 work visa) you can apply for a UK Skilled Worker visa as soon as you have your Certificate of Sponsorship from your new employer and your other supporting documents prepared.
Yes you can, and many of our UK-based immigration advisors offer virtual service to people applying for UK visas from overseas.
Yes you can.
You’ll need to make a new visa application and pay all applicable fees again – including the Immigration Health Surcharge, which isn’t refundable – but you can apply for a UK Skilled Worker visa and switch either when your current visa is due to expire or become invalid (e.g. you’re changing employer and you’re on a Tier 2 visa)
One of the big changes to the UK visa system is that the UK Skilled Worker visa now helps you qualify for settlement after 5 years continuous residence in the UK. This also opens up the possibility of British Citizenship.
If you use Help with my visa! to appoint an immigration advisor to prepare your UK visa application and your application is subsequently refused by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), subject to our terms and conditions we’ll refund you the fees you’ve paid us – that’s both your immigration advice fee plus the Help with my visa! fees.
You must follow all instructions and advice given to you by the immigration advisor you appoint – including not omitting any information, documents or details you’re instructed to provide – and the visa you apply for must be the same visa type as the immigration advice service you bought on Help with my visa! (i.e. if you buy immigration advice for a UK Skilled Worker visa the 100% money-back guarantee is only applicable to a UK Skilled Worker visa application).
The reason for your visa refusal must be related to the way in which your visa application was prepared. The 100% money-back guarantee does not apply if your visa is refused due to, among other things listed in our terms and conditions, criminality, adverse prior travel history and attempts at deception. The 100% money-back guarantee also does not apply if you do not precisely follow all advice given to you by your immigration advisor.
To claim your money back under the Help with my visa! 100% money-back guarantee you need to contact us with your request and submit written proof from UKVI for the reason your visa application was rejected. We’ll then confirm this with the immigration advisor you used and determine if you did indeed follow all advice given to you. If you did follow all advice, we’ll contact you to arrange a refund of all the fees paid to us.
First you need to define your purpose – why are you applying for a visa and what outcome do you expect? You also need to understand what you’ll need to do to qualify for your chosen visa, such as having a job offer from an employer who can issue a Certificate of Sponsorship.
Once you know what type of visa is right for you, you need to start preparing your supporting documents.
Checklists are available on the UKVI website, however they can be difficult to understand as they go into a lot of detail on exceptions.
It’s at this point we’d recommend you consider appointing an immigration advisor to help as you’ll get the most value out of the service. You can do this through Help with my visa! on our UK Skilled Worker visa search page.
When you appoint an immigration advisor, they’ll tell you exactly what documents you need to prepare and what they should contain. You can then focus on preparing these documents ready for submission.
The next step is to make an online visa application. You do this through the UKVI website.
During the online visa application process you’ll also need to pay your visa and Immigration Health Surcharge fees. Fees are payable by credit or debit card and if you’re using an immigration advisor, they’ll manage this for you.
Once you’ve completed your online visa application you’ll need to book an appointment at a visa application centre. These are run by one of three UKVI commercial partners, depending upon where you’re applying.
There’s a small chance if you’re applying for a UK Skilled Worker visa from inside the UK that you won’t need to attend a visa application centre, and you’ll be notified by UKVI before you book an appointment.
After you’ve either booked an appointment or been notified you don’t need to attend a visa application centre, you’ll need to upload your supporting documents. This is done on either the commercial partner’s website (if you need to attend a visa application centre), or an app that you’re given a unique link to (if you don’t need to attend a visa application centre). You don’t have a choice which route you use, UKVI will inform you.
If you use the app to upload your supporting documents, once that process is complete your UK Skilled Worker visa application is complete.
If you attend a visa application centre, you’ll need to enrol your biometric information and have your passport and any other outstanding supporting documents scanned before your application is complete.
You now need to wait until UKVI has made a decision. You’ll be informed by email once a decision has been made.
If you applied inside the UK, after 7-10 days you’ll receive your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). If you applied from overseas, you’ll need to collect your BRP from a nominated Post Office within 10 days of arrival in the UK.
Finally, you’ll need to register with your local police station to complete the visa formalities.
You can make a complaint about Help with my visa! or your immigration advisor by following the guidance on our Make a Complaint page.
Potentially, it depends on the nature of your dissatisfaction. Immigration advisors are covered by a formal Code of Conduct issued by their regulator, where you may have the right to a refund if standards aren’t being met. Your options and regulator contact details are explained to you in full during your initial consultation with your immigration advisor.
Yes you can.
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