Here, we have compiled everything you need to know about our brand new PBS calculator.
Our calculator checks jobs against Skilled Worker visa rules and assigns them points following the points-based immigration system guidance. We identify the occupation title and SOC code of each job and use them to compare the information with official guidelines. For example, we compare the offered salary for the job against the going rate for that profession, to identify how many salary points you can score for this job.
We are doing our best to provide the most accurate results. However, job sorting is done automatically, so there might be occasional mistakes.
Please remember that information on our website does not constitute legal advice and is provided for educational purposes only. Make sure to check details of your job offer or visa application with your employer or a registered immigration adviser.
You need to score a total of 70 points: 50 points come from satisfying the mandatory criteria and you must score additional 20 points by combining one or multiple tradeable requirements.
Each occupation in the UK has a corresponding Standard Occupational Classification code. You can find your job SOC code by using this tool.
Using SOC code you can check whether the job meets requirements of the Skilled Worker Visa, such as appropriate skills level, the going rate of your profession, PhD points and others.
To get a Skilled Worker visa you must satisfy all three mandatory rules that give you 50 points.
You must have a skilled job offer from a licenced employer and show proof of your English language skills.
Official guidelines separate points into mandatory and tradeable. We also added ‘personal rules’ category for your convenience. This category contains rules related to you, such as your age and education qualifications.
Employers need to have sponsorship licence to hire overseas workers. You can check if your employer is on the official register here.
To check how many points you can score for a job, you should compare the advertised salary to the going rate of the profession. Using the SOC code, you can find the going rate here.
Listed health and education jobs can be found here. If you qualify for any of those jobs and the offered salary meets the national pay scale, you can get 20 points.
The general salary threshold is £25,600 or the going rate for your job, whichever is higher. You can earn less than the general threshold, but no less than the minimum threshold.
The minimum salary is £20,480. You can’t earn below this point.
If you are switching from a Student (previously known as Tier 4) or a Graduate visa route, you can score 20 points as the new entrant.
If you are below the age of 26 at the time of your visa application, you are eligible for 20 PBS points as long as the salary of the job you are applying for is high enough. Salary should be at least 70% of the going rate for that profession.
“Working towards professional qualifications” should mean working towards full registration or chartered status with the relevant professional body.
There is a salary reduction discount available where the job offer is in a regulated profession or protected job title. The list of these professions can be found here.
Yes, you can get visa points if you are going to do jobs on the approved PhD list.
If your PhD is in a STEM subject relevant to the job, you can get 20 points.
If your PhD is in any other subject (also relevant to the job), you can get 10 points.