In August 2022, the UK government opened a new work visa route for the UK – the Scale-up Worker Visa. What sets this visa apart from other types of UK work visas is that the applicant will get two years of leave to stay in the UK, but will only need to develop a business in the UK to sponsor him/her for six months.

Thus, after six months you can leave the sponsored job, find another job or start self-employment.

Therefore, this is a wonderful opportunity for talented workers to further their international career. It also offers many other benefits, including what leads to settlement.

How to apply for a Scale-up work visa

To be eligible to apply for a Scale-up Worker visa, an applicant must, among other things, meet certain criteria;

  • Have a confirmed offer of employment for at least six months in an approved expanding business.
  • The proposed job must be on the list of eligible occupations for this type of visa;
  • You must be paid at least £33,000 a year or £10-10 an hour or the ‘going rate’ for your occupation, whichever is higher.

Your Breytenbachs consultant will be able to advise you on suitable vacancies, approved upskilling employers and rates of pay.

Spouses and children

The main problem for many people who want to apply for work visas is whether their spouse and children will be able to accompany them to the UK.

Fortunately, you can include your spouse/partner and children in your application. If their application is successful, their visas will expire on the same day as yours.

Settlement in Great Britain

A Scale-up Worker visa allows you to stay in the UK for two years. You can extend your visa when it expires as often as you like for up to three more years.

After five years in the UK on a Scale-up Worker visa, you can qualify to apply for Indefinite Leave.

How Breytenbachs can help you

Breytenbachs has a team of highly qualified and experienced UK Business and Work Visa Consultants. If you are interested in a career in the UK, please contact us to discuss the routes available.

Please email Breytenbachs at or visit our website for more information. You can also call your nearest Breytenbachs on the following numbers: Durban – 031 880 2777, Cape Town – 021 830 5246 or Pretoria – 021 460 9959, or our London office on +44 207 442 2160.

Please note that the information in this article does not constitute professional advice. It is provided for general information purposes without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

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