Points Based Visa System for Highly Skilled Worker for UK Immigration.
New Points Based Visa System (PBS) is Implemented by Home Office for UK Immigration. Highly Skilled Workers can apply under Tier 1 (General) category for Highly Skilled Workers if you score 95 points to qualify. Click here for more details...

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  NEW Tier 1 General Scheme for Highly Skilled Individuals under Points Based Immigration System for the UK  
 
Tier 1 General Scheme is Now Closed for Fresh Applications
Tier 1 General Scheme for the Highly Skilled Migrants is now CLOSED for fresh Applications.

However, if you are already in the UK under Tier 1 General or Old HSMP Scheme you can apply for Extension of Leave To Remain under Tier 1 General. For information about Tier 1 Extension Application, please check out Tier 1 General Extension section on this web site.


  Home Office announced New Points Based System for the Highly Skilled Workers and the same is implemented in the UK from 29 February 2008. So, if you are in the UK, the erstwhile HSMP scheme or Highly Skilled Migrant Programme is now replaced by Tier 1 (General) Scheme for the Highly Skilled Workers.

You can apply under Tier 1 (General) Scheme if you are in the UK under a Work Permit, International Graduate Scheme (IGS), Science & Engineering Graduate Scheme (SEGS), Fresh Talent Scheme (FTS) of Scotland, Innovator Visa or Student Visa to switch to Tier 1 (General) Scheme for Highly Skilled Workers.

If you are in the UK under Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP), you will have to apply for Extension under the New Tier 1 (General) Scheme to complete the five year continuous stay required to make you eligible for the Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR) or Permanent Resident status.

What are the Important Changes as compared to HSMP?

1. You will now need to score a total of 95 points as against 75 points under the HSMP scheme.

2. You will need to score 75 points based on Age, Education, Earnings and UK Experience. Plus, you will score 10 points for English Language Proficiency if you are native of predominently English Speaking Country or if you have completed an accredited Bachelors Degree course which was taught in English or if you have passed an English Language Test from one of the tests as approved by the Home Office. If you take IELTS, you will need to score 6.5 Band now.

3. You will also need to show Maintenance Funds in your account for at least three months before you submit your application under Tier 1 (General) Application. This amount will depend upon the number of family members and also on how long you have been living in the UK

4. You will need to complete application form for Main Applicant under Tier 1 (General) scheme for Highly Skilled Worker and also submit separate application for each independent

5. Home Office has made Tier 1 (General) Scheme a one-stage scheme as compared to two-stage HSMP scheme and has therefore increased the Application Fees to 750 which is not an increase but if your application is refused for some reason and if you need to apply again, you will need to pay 750 again.

6. You will need to submit your Passport as well as your Dependents' Passport at the time of submission of Application under Tier 1 (General) Scheme which would mean that you would not be able to undertake overseas travel while your application is under consideration at the Home Office.

7. If you are under Working Holidaymaker Visa (WHM) in the UK, you will not be able to switch to Tier 1 (General) Scheme.

We will keep updating this site as well the sections related to Points Based Immigration System of the UK and we would like to suggest that you bookmark this page and visit this page at regular interval.

If you are planning to apply under Tier 1 (General) Scheme or need to apply for Extension of your HSMP Visa, we will be happy to offer professional help. We are registered with OISC, UK as Immigration Advisors and we have been helping Highly Skilled Migrants in Immigration related matters for over four years now.

Please contact us today to fix an appointment.

If you are not in the UK and are interested in living and working in the UK as a Highly Skilled Professional, we can help. Please select one of the options below:
  1. If you are living in India and wish to submit your Tier 1 (General) Application
  2. If you are living in country other than the United Kingdom or India
  3. If you wish to check Frequently Asked Questions about Points Based Immigration System of the UK

We have local presence in India and we are also expanding our services in India through presence of our Branches or Partners in major Indian cities.

 
 
 
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HSMP Services Limited is authorised and monitored by OISC – UK as Immigration Advisors. Please click here to know details about our Professional Services and Fees for Tier 1 General Extension Applications, Tier 2 Applications, Tier 5 Applications under Points Based System, Indefinite Leave To Remain Applications and British Citizenship Applications.
 
 
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