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HSMP Application Fees Increased from 1st April 2005

HSMP Application Fees have increased from £150 to £315 from 1st April 2005. If you are an in-country applicant, the fees for FLR(IED) are have also increased substantially from £121 to £335.

Review procedure for HSMP has also changed and you can now request for Review of Refusal decision only twice.

Total number of HSMP First Applications submitted in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005

HSMP Approvals Statistics up to October 2005

HSMP Applications and Approvals up to June 2004

UK Immigration – 5 year strategy on Immigration & Asylum. How will it affect you?

UK Home Secretary Mr. Charles Clarke announced UK’s 5 year plan on Immigration & Asylum titled 'Controlling our borders: making migration work for Britain' which includes following major reforms to UK’s Immigration policies:

  • The emphasis is to ensure that only those who benefit Britain can come to the UK to work or study
  • To start a Points based system similar to HSMP for Work Permits and Student Visas
  • To make Employers responsible for reporting if the Work Permit holder leaves the job
  • To make Educational Institutes and Colleges responsible if the Student does not report for studies or leaves before completing the course
  • To phase out the low skills scheme like sector based scheme and seasonal agricultural workers schemes in view of inclusion of 10 more countries in the EU since the citizens of these countries have complete freedom to come to the UK to seek work.
  • Highly Skilled individuals like Doctors, IT Professionals and Finance Professionals will be welcome to come to the UK even when they do not have a job in hand and they would be free to find jobs on arrival.
  • Permanent Resident status will be allowed after 5 years in place of current 4 years and that too after test of English and knowledge about UK.
  • To restrict the sponsorship of family dependents
  • Stricter Fines for Employers employing illegal workers

These new changes will come into effect over next few months but it is worth noting the recent changes to various UK immigration / visa schemes:

  • From 1st October 2004 there have been some changes to the rules regarding in-country applications and switching status from one visa category to another. Students can not now switch to Work Permit or HSMP unless they have completed the Graduate or Masters Degree for which they were granted initial student visa.
  • From 8th February 2005 Working Holidaymaker visa scheme is changed and employment incidental to holidays is only to be allowed with maximum 12 months cap to employment under this visa.
  • There have been changes to rules related to getting married in the UK to stop sham marriages

If you are already in the UK under HSMP, Work Permits, Working Holidaymaker or Student visa or if you are planning to apply under any of the above schemes these changes may affect you. We at HSMP Services Limited will update the site content regularly to include these changes from time to time and you should visit the site at regular intervals. If you would like to ask questions related to your personal circumstances you can visit contact us page on www.hsmp-services.co.uk and submit your question and we will try to provide you the answers.

Important change from 1st april for application for extension of stay under HSMP

From 1 April 2004 there will be changes to the way limited Leave to Remain (LTR) applications are made. From this date, this will affect individuals who are applying for limited Leave to Remain in the UK in the immigration categories of HSMP:

Extension of stay under Tier 1 (General) Highly Skilled UK (including dependants)
HSMP applications made within the UK

Form FLR(IED) needs to be completed and submitted with the fees of £ 335-00

HSMP Processing Delays (Date Posted: 22-Feb-2004)

We reproduce the text as mentioned on official HSMP web site.

"Due to an unexpected increase in the number of HSMP applications received, it is no longer possible to meet the current published timescales for assessing complete applications. The HSMP team estimates that cases that are submitted with full supporting evidence will be assessed within 4 weeks of receipt. Please note, we do not acknowledge receipt of applications.

In order to maximise processing efficiencies within the team, customers are kindly requested to restrict telephone and email enquiries to those of utmost urgency. All progress checks should be made beyond the 4 week timescale stated.

Fax requests for urgent treatment should be restricted to those accompanied with evidence of an imminent employment start date. Should you require the return of your passport for urgent travel, fax requests should be made to the appropriate In-Country Team."

Latest changes to Tier 1 (General) Highly Skilled UK

Home Office, UK has announced the changed HSMP (Tier 1 (General) Highly Skilled UK) scheme which will replace the old HSMP scheme with effect from 05 December 2006. Old HSMP scheme is suspended for 4 weeks from 8 November 2006 and no fresh applications under HSMP are accepted till 05 December 2006.

Based on this announcement, we have created an online HSMP Points Calculator where you can undertake self-assessment of your case and find out for yourself if you would qualify under New HSMP Scheme. It is likely that you may qualify now, while you may not have qualified under the old HSMP scheme.

The recent changes in the HSMP scheme are as follows:

  • Qualifying threshold is increased for all applicants to 75 points.
  • Points for Work Experience removed except for Bonus 5 points for UK work experience or full-time studies in the UK.
  • No points are available for Skills of Spouse / Partner.
  • Special Assessment according to age is modified.
  • Points for Significant Achievement removed
  • Special treatment to Medical GPs removed
  • English Language proficiency of IELTS Band 6 compulsory.

Check Out the Latest Changes to HSMP

Mandatory Entry Clearance for all Persons wishing to come to the UK for more than 6 months

From 13 November 2003, all work permit holders coming to the UK for more than 6 months will have to obtain entry clearance before they travel. Click here for further details.

What is entry clearance?

Entry clearance is a visa or entry clearance certificate that you are given so you can travel to the United Kingdom. You must apply for entry clearance to the British Embassy, High Commission or other British Diplomatic Mission (known as British Diplomatic Posts) in the country where you live.

Introduction of Charging for the Consideration of Tier 1 (General) Highly Skilled UK (HSMP) Applications

From 31 October 2003, Work Permits (UK) will introduce charging for the consideration of HSMP applications.

How much will it cost?

The fee for the consideration of a HSMP application is £150 per application from 31 October 2003. This fee will apply for initial HSMP applications and reviews of decisions made under the HSMP arrangements.

There will be no charge for extensions to HSMP permits, as there is no consideration of the employment aspect of the application.

For further details visit:

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Tier 1 (General) Highly Skilled UK APPLICATIONS - Backlog

The Tier 1 (General) Highly Skilled UK (HSMP) Team is receiving a significant and unexpected increase in applications. This increase has led to a backlog of applications waiting to be considered.

For further details visit:

HSMP Application Backlog

Important changes to HSMP scheme from 01-04-2004
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