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Skilled Worker Route


An expansion of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) has been made, covering immigration applications submitted on or after 7 August 2023.

The following construction industry occupations are added to the list:

5312 Bricklayers and masons

5313 Roofers, roof tilers and slaters

5315 Carpenters and joiners

5319 Construction and building trades not elsewhere classified

5321 Plasterers (including classifying dryliners as plasterers, enabling them to be eligible for sponsorship)

Two fishing industry occupations are also added:

5119 Agriculture and fishing trades not elsewhere classified – fishing industry jobs only

9119 Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations not elsewhere classified – deckhands only, working on fishing vessels nine metres long or more, and where the job requires at least three years’ full-time experience as a deckhand, and the experience must have been gained while working lawfully

ork) that is larger than any accompanying taught component when measured by student effort’. What this means in practice is that taught Masters students will no longer be eligible to be accompanied by dependants.

These changes have been incorporated into the Immigration Rules from 15:00 on 17 July 2023, but will only affect the dependants of students whose course starts on or after 1 January 2024.

Note that partners and minor children who are excluded from eligibility as dependants under the Student route will also be ineligible to apply as dependants under the Graduate route. This, combined with the effect of the planned application fee increases may mean that more Students will push for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route directly after their studies.


*If you are interested and would like to apply, then contact Ansel Immigration Services

using one of the following:

Phone No: +44 7741112323

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