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Skilled Worker Visa maintenance requirements

  • February 25, 2022

What is maintenance?

When applying for your Skilled Worker Visa, you will use your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) as proof of your right to work in the UK. On every CoS, there is a box to 'certify' maintenance. Your Trust will sometime tick this box, which means you can apply for your Visa with no additional documentation, in regard to funds, required.

However, if you are outside of the UK applying for a Skilled Worker visa, and your Trust has not ticked maintenance on your CoS, you will be required to prove that you have had personal savings or equivalent to £1,270 in your bank account for at least 28 days in a row, whilst your application is being made.

What about my dependents?

Some doctors who apply for a Skilled Worker visa wish to bring their dependent family along with them.

A dependent family member is:

  • A wife or civil partner
  • Unmarried partner
  • Children under eighteen years of age at the time of your application


If your Skilled worker application is successful, your dependents will be entitled to stay in the UK with you for as long as they do not claim any benefits in the UK.

To summarise, you must show that you have £1,270 for your own maintenance funds and then you - or your partner or child - will need:

  • £285 for your partner
  • £315 for one child
  • £200 for each additional child

Please note that if your hospital agrees to provide you with maintenance then this will also include your dependents and so there will be no need to evidence their funds.

What information do I need to evidence on my bank or building society number?

They should clearly show:

  • Your name
  • The account number
  • The date of your statement
  • The financial institution’s name and logo
  • Transactions covering the 28-day period
  • That there are enough funds present in the account

You must evidence your most recent statement and it must be dated within 31 days.

Please note the Border Agency will not accept a document that shows the funds on 1 day only.

Why has my hospital not ticked the maintenance box on my CoS?

If your hospital has agreed to provide you with maintenance and they have not checked the box on your CoS application – do not worry. This is usually an error and can be fixed by adding an additional sponsor note, meaning your Skilled Worker visa application will not be affected.

How can we help?

If you would like to speak to our team about these opportunities do send your CV to [email protected].

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