No. 11 - December 2007
KINGDOM – DETAILS ON THE NEW SYSTEM
The UK government have just announced details of the implementation of the first
stage of the new Points Based System in 2008. The new system will consist of 5
Tiers of Entry - Highly Skilled, Skilled Workers, Low Skilled Workers, Students, Youth Exchange Programmes and Various other programmes.
Tier 1 – Highly Skilled
In a document entitled “Statement of Intent”, it is announced that 8 existing
immigration categories will be removed when the new “Highly Skilled Tier” is
introduced. These current categories include the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, Investors, Self Employed Lawyers, Businesspersons, International
Graduate Scheme, Innovators, Fresh Talent (Working in Scotland) Scheme and Writers, Composers & Artists,
Most importantly, the current assessment criteria for the HSMP category will be
incorporated into Tier 1 circa March 2008. This will involve applications submitted to the British Embassy in the home country of the applicant. If the
applicant is currently in the UK on a work visa / student visa, they can apply
in the UK.
This visa will be for 3 years, then extendable for another 2 years, bringing the applicant to the 5 years necessary for permanent residence.
The International Graduate Scheme (IGS) will be incorporated into Tier 1 (designated as the Post-Study Work sub-category) and will be for 2 years, not 1
year as it currently is. After 2 years, applicants would have to fit into another category to stay here.
Transitional arrangements will be introduced which will allow applicants currently in the UK on HSMP visas to remain here, when their stay expires.
If you wish to apply for the new Highly Skilled category, including the new Post-Study Work subcategory, then please complete the
Online Assessment form on
Tier 2 - Skilled Workers
The current work permit category will be incorporated into Tier 2 for Skilled Workers, towards the end of 2008, possibly 2009. This category will involve
some significant changes.
Employers wishing to sponsor non-EU citizens to work for them, will need to register with the Home Office. Only employers who successfully register, will
be allowed to apply for Sponsorship Certificates (the new term for work permits).
A team of Compliance Officers will check that aspects such as the resident labour test are being carried out properly. Prospective employees will then
need to apply to the British High Commission and Consulates for entry clearance, once they have a Sponsorship Certificate.
The application process for employers who wish to be included on the Register of Sponsors will be introuduced in early 2008. We will obviously provide more
details on this, when available.
We will be able to assist all UK employers to be included on the Register of Sponsors. Once Tier 2 is introduced, then an employer who is not on the
Register of Sponsors cannot sponsor a non-EU worker.
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