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Eligibility criteria for the UK Immigration

To be eligible to immigrate to the UK, you will need to meet certain criteria set by the UK government. These criteria can vary depending on the visa category you are applying for. Generally, the eligibility criteria for immigrating to the UK include:

Educational Profile

Professional Profile

IELTS score

Language skills if migrating to UK

References & legal documentation

UK employment documentation

Why choose UK Immigration?

  • 1.3 million job vacancies in 20+ sectors
  • 1.5 million visas issued in 2023
  • Huge demand for skilled professionals
  • FREE Healthcare via NHS
  • High standards of living

Y-Axis can help you navigate the intricacies of UK immigration law to help you settle in the world’s premier English-speaking destination.

UK Visas & Immigration  

The UK is still one of the world’s greatest countries. Its incredible quality of life and multicultural cities make it one of the most attractive destinations for professionals seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Despite the upheaval of Brexit, it retains a strong economic position due to its established institutions and deep involvement in global trade. The best cities in the UK for immigrants to settle down include London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, and Reading.

UK Visa Types 

Below is the UK Visa types you can choose while migrating to the country. 

New UK Immigration Rules

Reforms have been instituted that simplify the transition from Student visas to work visas within the country and facilitate students to bring dependents.

Effective 7 August 2023, the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) has broadened, incorporating several occupations within the construction sector. This expansion includes:

  • 5312 Bricklayers and Masons
  • 5313 Roofers, roof tilers, and slaters
  • 5315 Carpenters and joiners
  • 5319 Other building and construction trades not categorized elsewhere
  • 5321 Plasterers

Doctors in specialty training will receive immigration permissions that extend four months beyond the expiration of their Certificate of Sponsorship. This allows them ample opportunity to secure further immigration permissions under a licensed sponsor as a General Practitioner (GP).

Additionally, measures have been implemented to automatically extend pre-settled status, eliminating the requirement for a valid application.  

Minimum wages required 

Type of visa  Minimum wages required
Skilled Worker visa £26,200 (up from £25,600). The minimum equivalent hourly rate will increase from at least £10.10 per hour, to at least £10.75 per hour
Global Business Mobility Senior or Specialist Worker visa – £45,800 (up from £42,400)
Graduate Trainees visa – £24,220 (up from £23,100)
UK Expansion Worker visa – £45,800 (up from £42,400)
Scale-up Worker visa  £34,600 (up from £33,000)

Jobs in the UK

Apply for the most in-demand jobs in the UK. The table below lists the Top In-demand occupations in the UK, along with the average salaries. 



IT & Software

£55,000 – £85,000

Marketing & Sales

£53,000 – £70,778


£50,000 -69,000


£48,000 – £65,000



Accounting & Finance

£65,000 – £84,000

Human Resources

£55,000 – £75,000


£50,000 – £65,000

Professional and Scientific Services

£63,000 – £95,100

 Benefits of UK Immigration

The United Kingdom comprises of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Being one of the world’s most sought-after migration destinations, the UK offers various options for individuals seeking to settle down. Typically, individuals must move to the UK temporarily and then apply for an ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain). Some of the ways to move to the UK include:

  • Migrating to the UK with a job offer on hand
  • Settling down in the UK through the student route
  • Settling down in the UK if you are married or engaged to a UK citizen or permanent resident
  • Migrating to the UK as an entrepreneur setting up a business
  • Migrating to the UK as an investor

To migrate to the UK, candidates must have a good IELTS score and meet all professional, legal, and financial criteria. These criteria depend on your chosen migration path. Y-Axis helps individuals identify the correct immigration route and assists them at every step of their migration journey. Our two decades of immigration experience make us your best option to increase your chances of settling in the UK. 

Eligibility for UK Immigration from India

  • In 2020, the UK government announced a points-based immigration system. The main features of the points-based migration are:
  • Candidates for immigration to the EU and non-EU countries shall be considered equally.
  • The points-based system must be followed by highly skilled workers, skilled workers, and students who wish to come to the UK.
  • For skilled workers, a job offer is required.
  • The salary level has been cut from 30,000 pounds to 26,000 pounds per year.
  • Applicants must demonstrate their ability to communicate in English (A-level or equivalent).
  • Highly skilled professionals must be endorsed by a UK authority, but they are not required to have a job offer.
  • Students who wish to study in the UK will be subject to a points-based system and will be required to present verification of an admission letter from an educational institution, as well as English competence and financial resources.
  • 70 points is the minimum score required to be eligible for a visa

UK Immigration points calculator

The applicant will receive 50 points if they have a work offer in the United Kingdom and can communicate in English. Any of the following qualifications can be used to earn the additional 20 points needed to qualify for the visa:

  • Applicants will receive 20 points if they have a job offer worth at least 26,000 pounds per year.
  • A relevant PhD is worth 10 points, while a PhD in a STEM field is worth 20 points.
  • An offer for a position with a skill shortage is worth 20 points.


      Maximum points

Job offer

20 points

Job at appropriate skill level

20 points

English speaking skills

10 points

Salary of 26,000 and above or a relevant Ph.D. in a STEM subject

10 + 10 = 20 points


70 points


*Check the UK eligibility points calculator to see if you qualify for a visa to migrate to the UK. 

UK Immigration Requirements

  • You need to take the English Language Proficiency Test. This mainly includes IELTS and TOEFL.
  • You should belong to a country not included in the European Economic Area or the EEA.
  • You should have all the required documents, work experience certificates, and others needed to enroll in a college or apply for a job to enter the UK.
  • You should have the required amount of funds needed to support yourself during your stay on a student or work visa for initial years in the UK.
  • You must also submit character and health certificates to prove your required visa qualification further. 

Migrate to the UK from India

Step 1: Check your eligibility.

Step 2: Arrange all the requirements.

Step 3: Apply for the visa.

Step 4: Receive a decision from the Home Office.

Step 5: Fly to the UK.

UK Visa Fees 

The processing fee for the UK Visa differs depending on the type of visa and application. Below table gives clear information about the UK Visa Fee of each actegory

UK Visa category Fees 
Visit visa £100 to £837
Student visa £200 to £490
Child student visa £490
Family visas 1,048 to £1,538
Skilled worker visa £625 to £1,423
Health and care worker visa £1,270
Global talent route £623
Graduate route £715 
High Potential Individual (HPI) visa £715 
India Young Professionals Scheme £259 to £940
Innovator Founder £1,036 to £1,292
Creative Worker £259 to £624
Scale-up Worker £1,270


UK Visa Processing Time 

The processing times for the UK Visa generally takes 3 weeks to 8 weeks, based on the type of visa and application. 

UK Visa category Processing time
Visit visa 8 weeks
Student visa 8 weeks
Child student visa 8 weeks
Family visas 8 weeks
Skilled worker visa 8 weeks
Health and care worker visa 8 weeks
Global talent route 8 weeks
Graduate route 8 weeks
High Potential Individual (HPI) visa 8 weeks
India Young Professionals Scheme 3 weeks
Innovator Founder 8 weeks
Start-up 8 weeks
Creative Worker 8 weeks
Scale-up Worker 8 weeks
Standard Visitor 3 weeks

Y-Axis: Top Immigration consultants in India

Y-Axis will ease your UK Immigration process! 

The UK is the best place for immigrants to work and settle. With deep knowledge of UK immigration and work policies, Y-Axis offers you superior guidance and counsel on all necessary procedures and requirements to increase your chances of working and migrating to the UK.

Our impeccable job search services include:

  • Free eligibility check to work in the UK: You can check your eligibility to work in the UK through the Y-Axis UK immigration points calculator
  • Y-Path: Get step by step guide to work in the UK. Y-Path is a personalized approach that assists in making a life-changing decision. Millions of people transform their lives dramatically when they work or study abroad, and you can, too.
  • Y-Axis Coaching services: Get advanced IELTS coaching services. 
  • Latest UK immigration updates: Follow Y-Axis UK immigration news updates to get the latest information about UK jobs, immigration, new policies, etc. 

Latest UK Immigration News

November 16, 2023

UK Released 2023 Global University List for HPI Visas. Apply now to work in the UK!

The HPI Visa Global Universities List of 2023 was announced on November 1st, 2023. Candidates who graduate from top universities desire to get employment opportunities in the UK. The UK introduced HPI visa to serve this demand of employment. This visa does not take you directly to settlement in the UK; it provides an opportunity to change to another immigration route that will lead to settlement. 

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UK Released 2023 Global University List for HPI Visas. Apply now to work in the UK!

November 09, 2023

QS World University Rankings 2024: The UK, US, Singapore, and Switzerland dominate the top 10

The 2024 QS World University Rankings for Asia have been announced by the esteemed worldwide higher education experts. Top universities from US, UK, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and Singapore have been listed. These universities are ranked according to a number of factors, such as internationalisation, teaching resources, research capacity, and worldwide reputation.

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QS World University Rankings 2024: The UK, US, Singapore, and Switzerland dominate the top 10

November 8th, 2023

UK plans to increase immigration health fees from January 2024. Submit your applications now!

The UK government has planned to increase the immigration health fee, which will be effective from January 2024. These changes in immigration are set to take effect from 16th January or 21 days after receiving the acceptance from parliament. There will not be any additional charges applied for applicants who are submitting before the implementation of this change. The fee is to increase from £624 to £1,035 per year.

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UK plans to increase immigration health fees from January 2024. Submit your applications now!

August 29, 2023

‘1.2 million UK visas issued in the first 6 months of 2023’, Home Office reports

157% increase in no. of visas issued compared to the previous year. The UK government issued a record number of UK work visas from Jan to June 2023, as employers scrambled to recruit from overseas to fill the workforce shortage. According to data from the Home Office, there was a 45% increase in the number of visas issued for migrants to work in the UK, with a total of 321,000 visas issued.

Read more

August 18, 2023

Breaking news! You can now apply for your UK visa from your nearest hotel.

VFS Global has partnered with the Radisson Hotel Group & the Indian Hotels Company that Tata owns to promote a seamless application process.

Read more

August 16, 2023

Ireland issued 18,000+ work permits in the first seven months of 2023

Ireland has issued 18,000+ work permits in the first half of 2023. Indians received 6,868 employment permits in various industries.

Read more

July 28, 2023

Act Fast: Secure your UK visa before 2024 fee spike!

The UK Government plans to implement a 15% hike in the work visa and visit visa charges by 2024. Experts advise candidates with prior job contracts or individuals who have ongoing discussions with UK-based employers to work on finalizing the deal to escape the high fee charges. The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) that is to be paid by immigrants will also rise from £624 to £1,035 for adults and £470 to £776 for children.

July 26, 2023

UK calling Indian young professionals: Apply now for 3000 places in the second ballot of the Young Professionals Scheme

The UK government has declared the commencement of the second ballot for the Young Professional Scheme visa, exclusively available to Indian citizens aged between 18 and 30 years. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to stay in the UK for a maximum of two years. This program grants participants the flexibility to enter and exit the UK multiple times during their stay. At the same time, there are 3,000 places available in the second ballot. A significant number had already been allocated during the initial round in February. Don’t miss this chance to apply and explore exciting opportunities in the UK!

July 21, 2023

Canada-UK Youth Mobility agreement expands 3 years stay. Apply now!

Canada and the United Kingdom have strengthened their youth mobility partnership with a deal that expands the opportunities under the International Experience Canada Program (IEC). Youth aged 18 to 35 from both countries will now have broader access to work in each other’s countries for longer periods. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser emphasized the UK’s popularity as a destination for Canadian youth working and traveling abroad and vice versa.

Read more

June 23, 2023

Australia/UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for Subclass 417 Visa and Youth Mobility Scheme

Effective 1 July 2023, the UK nationals can apply for a subclass 417 (Working Holiday) visa. Candidates between18 and 35 years old, are eligible to apply. There is an increase from the previous upper limit of 30 years old.

June 01, 2023

UK International Relocation Payment for Teaching Staff

The UK government announced Rs. 1 million under the pilot scheme in the FY 2023-24. It aims to bring more overseas teaching staff into the country. This includes:

  • Non-UK trainees,
  • Language Teachers, and
  • Physics Teachers.

May 26, 2023

India ranks #1 in UK’s Skilled Worker and Student Visas 

Indian nationals have emerged as the top nationality of student visas and skilled workers in the United Kingdom, according to immigration records released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the UK Home Office. The data reveals that Indians accounted for the highest number of visas issued in various categories, including healthcare visas and the new Graduate post-study work route. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which jobs are most in-demand in the UK?

UK has a great demand for skilled immigrants. Some of the most in-demand jobs in the UK are as follows: 

Job role

Salary package

Project Manager

£33,350 to £135,200 / annum

Operations Manager

£31K to £72K / annum


£23K to £50K / annum

Game Designer/Developer

£22K to £60K / annum

Who is eligible to migrate to the U.K.?

Candidates who fulfill the requirements given below can migrate to the U.K.: 

The candidate must be over the age of 18.
The candidate must meet the language proficiency requirement.
The candidate must score at least 70 points in the U.K. points-based Immigration system.
The candidate must submit proof of financial funds to support their stay in the country. 

Is it worth moving to the U.K. from India in 2023?

There are many benefits of migrating to the U.K. in 2023, as the country has a thriving economy with endless career possibilities. Some of the advantages of moving to the U.K. are listed below:

The United Kingdom is one of the most preferred study-abroad destinations in the world, with flexible post-study work permit options and career-building opportunities.
The country constantly evolves with a growing job market accommodating foreign skilled workers and immigrants.
The U.K.’s National Health Scheme (NHS) offers some of the best healthcare benefits by providing free healthcare services to eligible candidates.
The U.K. maintains a strong economy even in a crisis, with a high value for the pound.
The country is also famously known and recognized for its touristy destinations.
The U.K. offers many visa options for immigrants to migrate and settle there.

How can I move to the UK from India?

Candidates first need to move to the UK temporarily and then apply for an ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain). Some of the ways to move to the UK include:

  • Migrating to the UK with a job offer on hand
  • Settling down in the UK through the student route
  • Settling down in the UK if you are married or engaged to a UK citizen or permanent resident
  • Migrating to the UK as an entrepreneur setting up a business
  • Migrating to the UK as an investor
How much is UK Visa fee?

The UK Visa fee will vary depending on the Visa category that you have applied for. The UK Visa fees have increased from 18th March 2019. It includes a 2% increase for Study Visa, Work Visa, and Short-term Visitor Visa applications. Apart from this, there is also a 25% hike in the fee for Nationality and Settlement Visa applications.

How long does it take to get a UK Visa?

99% of the normal UK Visa applications are adjudicated within ten working days. The maximum time will be 15 working days.

Priority UK Visa applications are adjudicated within 3 to 5 working days. The Super Priority applications are adjudicated within 24 hours.

What are the documents required for a UK Visa?

The documents required for a UK Visa are as follows:

  • A valid passport that has a page blank on twin sides
  • The completed form for Visa application
  • 1 Passport size photograph as per the specifications
  • Visa fee
  • Evidence of finances like original bank statements not earlier than 3 months
  • The confirmation of flight bookings and accommodation
  • An invitation letter if you are being sponsored by a family member or a friend
  • Original marriage certificate if you are being accompanied by your spouse
  • Birth certificates of your kids if they are accompanying you
  • Latest utility bills

You may also have to include the following if you are travelling for business:

  • A letter of confirmation of conference/ confirmation of training/ invitation
  • Complete details of an approved representative in your firm along with their contact details
How can I immigrate to the UK?

If you are a non-EU citizen it is advisable that you seek legal advice from UK Immigration Experts as your immigration can be slightly complex. There are diverse pathways for non-EU nationals to immigrate to the UK:

  • Tier 1 Visa for highly skilled immigrants through a points-based system
  • Tier 2 Visa
  • Skilled worker visa for individuals who are sponsored by an employer in the UK
  • Tier 5 Provisional Work Visa through the Youth Mobility Scheme
How can I apply for UK immigration?

You must go through the below process for applying for a UK Visa:

  • Find out if you need the UK Visa
  • Select the appropriate type of Visa
  • Complete the Visa application form online
  • Gather the required documents for the UK Visa application
  • Schedule an interview appointment for the Visa
  • Attend the interview for the UK Visa
What are the eligibility requirements to migrate to the UK?
  • Applicant must be of 18 years and above
  • He must meet the English language requirements
  • Have proof that applicant has enough finances to support his initial days of stay in the country
Is the UK accepting immigration applications?

Yes, the UK is accepting online applications from immigration candidates.

Is the UK Skill Assessment body conducting assessments?

Yes, the UK’s skill assessment body, UK NARIC which is the United Kingdom’s  national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills from visa applicants who wish to study or work in the UK.

UK NARIC is accepting applications for assessment from visa applicants but in the online form. The assessment report will also be sent online.

What is the UK Skilled Worker visa?

A UK Skilled Worker visa – formerly the Tier 2 [General] work visa for the UK – allows an individual to come to or stay in the UK for working for a UK employer approved by the Home Office.  

I am already in the UK. Can I switch to the Skilled Worker visa?

An individual might be able to apply for switching or converting to a Skilled Worker visa if they are already in the UK on a different UK visa. In order to switch, their job must meet the eligibility requirements for the Skilled Worker visa and they must also be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language.  

Certain categories of individuals – such as those in UK on a visit visa, short-term student visa etc. – cannot apply for a switch to the Skilled Worker visa.  

How do I know if my job is eligible for the Skilled Worker visa?

To establish eligibility, your job’s 4-digit occupation code will be required. Do keep in mind that the job description should be a precise match. Similar jobs might have different codes.  

What is meant by a “shortage occupation”?

By a “shortage occupation” is meant a skilled job in the UK wherein there is a shortage of workers.  

What if my job is on the Shortage Occupation List for the UK?

If an individual has a job on the Shortage Occupation List [SOL], they can be paid 80% of the usual going rate for their job in order to be eligible for the UK Skilled Worker visa.  

Is IELTS mandatory?

IELTS is not mandatory. For visa or citizenship applications for the UK, you might be required to prove a knowledge of the English language by passing a secure English language test [SELT]. There are 2 different types of tests as different UK immigration routes involve a different level of English language ability.  

The level of test needed – referred to as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages [CEFR] – will be as per the immigration route applying for. 

What are the visa alternatives for working in the United Kingdom?

The Tier 2 visa scheme allows skilled professionals to come to the UK. They can come to the UK on a long-term basis if their occupation is on the Tier 2 shortage occupation list. IT, finance, and engineering are among the most popular occupations on the list.

For foreign job searchers looking to work in the UK, there are two primary options:

Visa for Skilled Workers.

Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) is for highly skilled employees of international corporations who are being relocated to a UK branch.

Skilled workers from other countries can be selected for this visa based on a shortage occupation list, and they will be eligible for an offer letter without the labor market test and stay in the UK for up to 5 years.