The UK Border Agency has announced an important change in UK immigration that will affect many overseas migrants looking to work in the UK through the Tier 1 visa.
Effective April 2010, the minimum educational requirement for the Tier 1 visa
has now been amended from a Masters degree to a Bachelors degree.
The points system has also been amended to change the qualifying criteria for previous earnings.
The Tier 1 visa allows overseas professionals to enter the UK to work or
establish themselves as self-employed. Most importantly - this visa does not
require a sponsoring employer. It is assessed on a points system with points
awarded for age, education, previous earnings etc...
This previous Masters degree requirement affected many overseas migrants who
scored well on other assessment criteria but were ineligible for not having a
Masters degree. This is a very significant change and will now allow many more overseas migrants to qualify to work in the UK without a sponsoring employer.
From 29 March, New Zealand will be offering 2 new retirement
visas for entry
These are named - the Temporary Retirement Category and the
Parent Retirement Category (residence).
The Temporary Retirement Category is a special visitor’s
policy designed for those who wish to invest in New Zealand
and stay longer than current Visitor policy allows.
The Parent Retirement Category allows for permanent
residence and follows closely the model of the Australian
Parent visa. Applicants need to make an investment in New
Zealand and show that the balance of your family is in New
Please contact us for more information on either of these
new visa categories.
We hope that this newsletter
has been informative for you. However, remember
everyone's circumstances are different so if you or a friend
or family member want to check your eligibility to emigrate