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The Skilled Worker visa category is for European Economic Area (EEA) nationals including Swiss nationals (arriving from 1 January 2021) and non-EEA nationals who are sponsored to do a specific skilled job for a sponsor.

The Skilled Worker visa allows UK companies to fill existing labour shortages that cannot be filled by the UK or settled person. A skilled worker visa must not displace a suitable settled worker. .

The Skilled Worker visa route replaces the Tier 2 (General) visa. The fundamentals of the visa requirements largely remain the same, and there are some potentially beneficial changes which will make the system more favourable for businesses and employees. .

The new system does not allow a potential skilled worker to work for anyone. They must have a job offer from a licensed sponsor, and this offer should meet minimum skill and salary thresholds. .

The Skilled Worker route has more flexibility. It allows people with different qualifications, salaries and skills to obtain visas. In order to meet the requirement of a skilled worker, an applicant must score 50 points consisting of 'Mandatory' (for their sponsorship, job and English language skills) and 20 points' Trade able' points (for salary and other attributes). In addition to 70 points, some applicants must also satisfy non-points requirements regarding tuberculosis testing, available funds and criminal records certificates. .

Mandatory points – 50 points

Tradeable Points – 20 points

An applicant under Skilled Worker visa category will need to score 20 points relating to their salary offered to make a total of 70 points. There are various ways to earn these final 20 points, which is why they are referred to as "tradeable".

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Frequently asked questions

What should I bring with me?

Generally, for a random or pre-employment test, you’ll bring your authorization form or the authorization number given to you by your potential employer (via an email on your cell phone is fine) and a government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport). If you're coming in for personal reasons, just bring yourself...

Do I need an authorization number?

Coming in with this information will greatly aid in making the process go much faster since we will not need to track down this information. It's a good idea to come prepared... If this is for personal use only, then no number is needed.

How long will I be at Oris?

Provided you come prepared with all paperwork/authorization numbers, have a government issued photo ID, and your nails are long enough and meet the requirements (e.g. polish free, acrylic free, etc.) then the process - on average - should take about 20 - 30 minutes.

How long does it take to get the results?

Normally 2-4 days. The results will go straight to your employer or to the medical review officer for your company; if this is for personal use, the results will come to us, and we will contact you.

What drugs are included in the test?

This varies by who is ordering the test, but generally includes marijuana (THC), opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines.

How long should my nails be?

All 10 nails should be the length of the width of a quarter, or 2-4 mm. The idea collection amount should be around 100 mg.

How far back can drugs be detected in nails?

Drug detection in nails can go back 6 months on average, and can be detected usually 1-2 weeks post-use. Detection times can vary based on amount of drugs used, the drug itself, the individual's metabolism, frequency of use, etc. Alcohol in nails can be detected up to 3 months on average. Nails are made of keratin, the same material as hair, and drug biomarkers are passed from the bloodstream into the nail's keratin fibers, which can be approximately 4X thicker than hair keratin.

Is there any special preparation?

Your nails must be free from any nail polish (using non-ethanol based polish remover such as acetone), gels, silks, or acrylic overlays. Your nails should be as clean as possible with no ink, dirt, or dye. Additionally, if you know you will be testing in the future using this method, be sure to let your nails grow!

Who will clip my nails?

You will, but the technician will provide you with a clean, sterile set of clippers and will instruct you on how to clip to get the maximum amount needed.

Can you use toenails?

Yes! But the same rules apply: no polish or artificial substances on the nails, and they must be clean (e.g. oil, dye, and dirt free).