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  HSMP Extension – If you are already in the UK under HSMP  

The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) allows individuals with exceptional skills to seek leave to enter/remain in the UK without having a prior offer of employment. If you are already in the UK under HSMP and if your current ‘Leave To Remain’ in the UK expires before you reach the 5 years stay as required for Permanent Resident status i.e. before you can apply for ‘Indefinite Leave To Remain’ you will have to apply for extension of HSMP visa i.e. you will have to apply for Further Leave to Remain (FLR) under HSMP.

Once in the UK, individuals are permitted to take up employment or to engage in self-employment or business here and earlier it was enough to establish that you are economically active and you have not sought any support from UK Public Funds. However, under the new scheme which has come into effect from 7 November 2006, HSMP extension is almost similar to getting initial HSMP approval. Under the new HSMP Scheme you will have to:

  • Score 75 Points to qualify based on your Age, Education and Earnings
  • You will be able to score 5 Bonus Points if you are claiming any points for your Earnings in the UK under HSMP
  • If you got approval for initial HSMP under MBA Provision, at the time of extension application you will be able to score only 35 points for your education and you will have to score total 75 points to qualify which means you will have to score remaining points under Age, Earnings and Experience section.
  • Under certain circumstances you may be able to switch your stay to Work Permit if you cannot score 75 points required for HSMP extension or may be able to get extension under transition arrangements made for HSMP extension
  • You have to demonstrate English Language Proficiency through IELTS score of 6 Bands or establish that your education for Bachelor’s Degree was through English as Medium of Instruction

These changes will affect all those who are currently under Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) of the UK and who will have to apply for HSMP extension to qualify for 5 years stay under HSMP. Those who will be affected most are:

  • Persons who have got initial approval i.e. Leave to Remain or Entry Clearance for 1 year or 12 months and need to apply for extension for 4 years more
  • Persons who have got initial approval i.e. Leave to Remain or Entry Clearance for 2 years or 24 months and need to apply for extension of 3 years more
  • Persons who have got initial approval i.e. Leave to Remain or Entry Clearance for 1 year and who successfully got the HSMP extension i.e. Further Leave to Remain for only 3 years making total stay under HSMP to 4 years and who need to apply for further extension of 1 year

Under new HSMP Scheme, to qualify for a grant of further leave to remain under HSMP, in addition to meeting the other immigration requirements for a grant of leave in this category, existing participants must establish that they qualify for the award of a minimum of 75 points or qualify under transitional arrangements.

We have therefore designed first ever online HSMP Extension Pointe Calculator which you can use for self-assessment of your eligibility under HSMP. Please use our HSMP Extension Points Calculator to find out whether you will qualify under New HSMP Scheme or not and start taking appropriate steps to make sure that you qualify for extension.

It is very likely that you may have now bought a property in the UK or made long-term arrangements and you may have struggled initially to settle in the UK after arrival under HSMP and this new HSMP scheme can create a lot of stress to you and your family members if you do not plan for HSMP Extension properly.

Please contact us if you have any doubts about HSMP extension requirements as we may be able to guide you and help you.

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