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What is a 'new entrant'?

A ‘new entrant’ is someone who is a new entrant to the labour market and so are near the start of their career.  They must meet certain criteria to be classed as a new entrant by UKVI.

An applicant who is making their first Skilled Worker visa application or entering the UK for the first time is not automatically a new entrant.

To be classed as a new entrant, one of the below criteria must be met:

  • The applicant is under the age of 26 on the date that they submit their online visa application;
  • The applicant is sponsored for a post-doctoral position in one of a limited number of occupations;
  • The applicant is working towards a recognised professional qualification in a UK-regulated profession;
  • The applicant is working towards full registration or chartered status with the relevant professional body for the job they are sponsored for;
  • The applicant is switching from a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa; or
  • The applicant’s most recent UK visa was under Tier 4 (General) or the Student visa which expired up to two years before making this application and completed a Bachelor, Masters, PGCE or PHD in the UK. Unless they are a PhD student, they must have completed (or be applying no more than 3 months before they are expected to complete) their course; or
  • The applicant’s most recent UK visa was a Graduate visa which expired up to two years before making this application.

Read more about this and other questions in our

Skilled Worker (for businesses) section.


Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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