Switching Sponsors on a Skilled Worker Visa in the UK: A Step-by-Step Guide
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Posted on 17 August 2023

​You’ve been working in the UK for a while via a skilled worker visa. But what happens if you want to switch sponsors? What should you do if the job you’re in isn’t living up to expectations, or isn’t developing you as you had hoped? Whatever your reasons may be, switching sponsors on a skilled worker visa is definitely doable. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the process of moving on.

Understand your current visa status and contract:

Before diving into the process of switching sponsors, it’s essential to understand your current visa status. Familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of your skilled worker visa, including any restrictions or limitations. Knowing the specifics of your visa will help you navigate the switch smoothly.
You should also check your current employment contract. If your employer has assisted with the payment of any of your visa fees, you may be expected to repay these if you leave your job.

Research potential sponsors:

Once you’ve decided to switch sponsors, it’s time to explore your options. Not all veterinary employers have a sponsorship licence, so let us help you to do this research. We have access to a list of sponsors across the UK.
Some sponsors may be willing to help you with the repayment of your fees, so if you require this, please discuss it with us and we will liaise with sponsors on your behalf. Email us at sponsorshipsupport@vettedrecruitment.co.uk for a list of suitable veterinary sponsors in your chosen location.

Update your CV and cover letter:

To increase your chances of getting sponsorship from a new employer, make sure to update your CV and cover letter. Tailor them to highlight your relevant skills, experiences, and achievements. Emphasize why you are a valuable asset and a good fit for the new sponsor. A well-crafted CV and cover letter can make a significant difference in grabbing the attention of potential new employers. With your updated CV and cover letter in hand, we can start applying for job opportunities at the companies or organizations we have identified as potential sponsors. Book a 1-2-1 CV review with one of our team at contactus@vettedrecuitment.co.uk

Notify your current sponsor:

Once you have a confirmed job offer from the new sponsor, it’s time to notify your current sponsor. Inform them of your intention to switch sponsors and provide the necessary notice period as per your employment contract. Maintaining a professional and amicable relationship with your current employer is crucial during this transition. You should also log into your UKVI account online and advise the Home Office that you have resigned from your position.
You will receive a letter of confirmation which will explain when your new sponsorship must be in place by. Failure to find a new sponsor before the end of this period may result in your having to leave the UK, so it is best to find a new sponsor BEFORE handing in your notice.

Initiate the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) process:

Your new sponsor will need to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) on your behalf. The CoS serves as evidence of your sponsorship and is essential for your visa application.

Apply for a new skilled worker visa:

With the CoS in hand, you can apply for a new skilled worker visa. The application process may include providing supporting documents again, such as your passport, CoS, proof of English language proficiency, and financial evidence – depending on how long you have been in the UK already.
You will also have to pay another application fee to reapply.
Follow the guidelines provided by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website and ensure all necessary documents are submitted correctly.
Currently applications for SWV made from within the UK are taking 8 weeks to process.

Transition smoothly:

During the transition period between sponsors, stay in touch with both your current and new employers. Coordinate with them to smoothly transfer your employment details, including your start date.

If you have any questions about this process, or would like help finding a new veterinary sponsor , get in touch at sponsorshipsupport@vettedrecruitment.co.uk.

Please note we can only provide this service for veterinary surgeons or veterinary nurses working in the UK at this time.

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