Special Edition Immigration Newsletter - UK Tier 1 Begins
On 29 February 2008, the United Kingdom published numerous updates to the new rules for its points-based Tier system. Many details not included in the 'Statement of Intent' for HSMP, released by the government in December 2007, now reveal how applications for Tier 1 visas for General Highly Skilled Migrants will be evaluated.
People already in Britain under an HSMP visa must renew their leave to remain under Tier 1, or switch to another visa. It is also possible for people who are currently legal residents of the UK to switch into Tier 1, if they can qualify.
Three fundamental changes now increase the difficulty of qualifying as a highly skilled immigrant coming into the United Kingdom. There are also several minor changes that people should pay close attention to.
There is now a Maintenance requirement. A person must keep a minimum balance of 800 Great British Pounds in their bank account for at least the three months prior to making a Tier 1 application. This applies to both an initial application and any applications for extension.
The English language requirements are now changed. In addition to the 75 points applicants must score, 10 additional points must be earned for English language ability, or the applicant must qualify to have the English language requirement waived. Applications for an extension do not need to meet further English language requirements, so long as it is under the HSMP rules that came into effect on 05 December, 2006.
As reported previously, points gained using the MBA provision under HSMP are no longer available under Tier 1.
Starting on April 1st, 2008, the HSMP scheme will end for applicants based in India, who will then be required to apply as a General Highly Skilled Migrant under the new Tier 1 rules. The same will follow for the rest of the world sometime in the summer of 2008.
ANNOUNCING - job opening :
We have an opening for an immigration consultant specializing in UK immigration. Experience in HSMP visas and knowledge of the Tier points-based system is strongly preferred.
Immigration Newsletter 05 March 2008
We are MARA registered and can submit your Australia visa application for you.
workpermit.com is OISC registered and can submit your UK visa application to the Home Office to be dealt with on the same day, so you don't have to wait in line.
Call us for visa advice: +44 (0) 20 7842 0800.Already have a job offer in the UK? We can help you get a UK workpermit ».The best country in the world to work, study and live in. Get your Green Card here »The hottest job market in the world today. NEW Australian Points Calculator here »
In the immigration business for 20 years! 1988 - 2008.
Tier 1 visas are almost here! See our overview of the new Tier system coming into effect during 2008.
An HSMP Extension calculator is now available. It fully complies with the new UK HSMP requirements.
A New Zealand points calculator is available. It fully complies with the New Zealand requirements.
RSS Feed for our video news?
We have a domain dedicatedto the International Graduates Scheme (IGS) in the United Kingdom.
If you graduated on or after 01 May 2007 from a British university, you can qualify for a 12-month work visa to stay in the country and develop your career.
meet thousands of immigrants to many countries and regions!
We have an excellent Russian language version of the most popular sections of our website. We also have a Russian-language newsletter. You may sign up to receive by email.
Watch Russian language news videos Stay connected to the latest immigration news with our latest feature - automatic news updates. With this technology, summaries of the latest stories will be sent directly to you. We are looking for native Cantonese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Spanish, Vietnamese and Italian Speakers to translate our Web Site! Other languages of interest are
Telephone country codesWe have added a new section to our web site with an extensive listing of telephone calling codes for countries of the world. Please feel free to bookmark the page for your reference.
ANNOUNCING! You can now create a free user media upload account for your videos, photo's and music. We would appreciate your feedback on what you think!