Who is the Skilled Worker route for

The Skilled Worker route is for the nationals of the EU Member States (excluding Ireland), for the nationals of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, and for non-EEA nationals who are sponsored to do a specific skilled job for a Home Office licensed sponsor.

Irish citizens have a specific status in the UK and cannot apply for Skilled Worker Visas. This is because Irish nationals already have the right to work in the UK on the basis of an arrangement between the UK and Ireland (which also includes the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands). This arrangement is known as the Common Travel Area, has been agreed long before the UK and Ireland joined the European Union, and is not dependent on the UK being a Member State of the European Union. The Common Travel Area arrangement remained in force after Brexit, as the UK and Irish governments signed in 2019 a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming their commitment to maintain the Common Travel Area, and the associated rights and privileges, in all circumstances.

Therefore you can apply for a Skilled Worker visa if you are not a British or Irish citizen, irrespective whether you are a citizen of a Member State of the European Union.

If you want to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa and need my specialist advice, feel free to contact me. Please note that I am an accredited immigration adviser, not an employee of the UK Visas and Immigration. I charge fees for the advice provided.