This route targets talented individuals recruited by an authorised UK Scale-up company having the skills to enable the Scale-up business to continue growing.
Applicants must have a high-skilled job offer from the authorised Scale-up company at the required salary level. This route leads to settlement and applicants can sponsor dependent partners and children on this route.
Scale up Company
A scale-up company is defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a company which:
The scale-up company must be listed as A-rated on the Home Office’s register of licensed sponsors
Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
The valid CoS must show the following details:
Job skills level
The sponsored job must be in an occupation code listed in Appendix Skilled Occupations that are eligible for the Scale-up route, in addition,
The salary for the job that is being sponsored must be equal or exceed both £33,000 per year, £10.58 per hour, and the going rate for the selected occupation code.
The salary does not include other pay and benefits but only guaranteed basic gross pay (before income tax and including employee pension and national insurance contributions). Only first 48 hours a week will be considered towards the salary requirement if the applicant will work more than 48 hours.
Home Office will publish a list of going rates of occupation codes under Scale-up route. The going rates on this list are based on 37.5-hour week and will be pro-rated to the applicant’s working patterns.
After the initial grant of a scale-up worker visa, the applicant can subsequently extend their visa without a Home Office approved sponsor provided that they meet all the requisite requirements:
You must have monthly PAYE earnings in the UK equivalent to at least £33,000 per year during at least 50% of the time spent with permission as a Scale-up Worker.
If the applicant is absent from work due to the following reasons will be treated as periods during which you were paid the equivalent of at least £33,000 per year:
Earnings are based on guaranteed basic gross pay, recorded through PAYE, other sources of income are not included. The PAYE earnings should be genuine and have not been fabricated and inflated, and it also relates to genuine employment.
The following requirements apply for both sponsored and unsponsored applications:
You must be aged 18 or above and meets other requirements include:
English Language Requirement
There are 4 ways in which you can show you meet the English language requirement. These include:
You must show that you have enough money to support yourself (and any dependants). They must have the adequate amount (see below) of personal savings in cash held for at least consecutive 28 days before the date of application;
If you have been in the UK with permission for 12 months or longer on the date of application, you will meet the financial requirement and do not need to show funds.
Dependent partner and dependent children can join or accompany the Scale-up visa applicant, they have to show they fulfil the relationship requirement.
For successful sponsored application, you will be granted entry clearance or permission to stay for 2 years; while entry clearance or permission to stay for 3 years will be granted for successful unsponsored application.
If you are granted a Scale-up Visa, you will not be able to access the public funds.
If your leave is granted on Sponsored Application, then you must be employed in the job that you are being sponsored for at least the first 6 months. You are able to undertake additional work, including self-employment and voluntary work, and study.
If your leave is granted on Unsponsored Application, then you will have full right to work and to study.
Applicants who have other permissions to stay in the UK can switch to Scale-up visa except of you were last granted permission as a Visitor, a Short-term Student, a Parent of a Child Student, a Seasonal Worker, a Domestic Worker in a Private Household or outside the Immigration Rules.
Scale-up worker route leads to settlement, to apply for settlement, you must meet the following requirements:
Noted that the earnings only include guaranteed basic gross pay from PAYE earnings only and not other sources of income.