When a Skilled Worker visa holder approaches the end of their visa (permission to stay) and their contract is being extended, they need to apply for a visa extension. For this, their department or college should contact the Staff Immigration Team (SIT) to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship extension.
To be considered for an extension, applicants must be continuing to work in the same or similar job. For example, a Postdoctoral Research Assistant coming to the end of their current visa may switch from one department to take up a new research post in another department without the need for the department to show that they have advertised the post. Such circumstances will be considered an extension rather than a new application.
If a Skilled Worker visa holder is moving onto a new role of similar type before the end of the current visa, their department or college should submit a Changes and Leavers Form (below) to SIT, who will notify the Home Office of this. Once the change has been reported, a Certificate of Sponsorship extension application may be submitted with the new role's details.
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To apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for an extension applicant, the employing department or college needs to download a Skilled Worker CoS extension application form (below), complete it, and return it to SIT together with the documentation listed at the end of the form.
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Extensions for applicants who currently hold a Tier 2 (General) visa
- To request a CoS for extending a Tier 2 (General) visa, please complete the Skilled Worker CoS extension application form as above.
- As long as the extension application is made prior to 1 December 2026, the salary can also included permitted allowances, such as a housing allowance. The individual must be with the same sponsor and the allowances must be guaranteed to be paid for the duration of the extension.
- Individuals who were sponsored under Tier 2 prior to 24 November 2016, and are making an extension application prior to 24 May 2023, must be paid a salary of £20,800 or above, or at least the going rate for the occupation code, if higher.