The Border Agency has today confirmed that as of the beginning of April 2009, the requirements for the Tier 1 (General) scheme, which replaced the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme in 2008, are being altered so as to be more selective.

Applicants will be required to have a qualification that is equivalent to at least a UK Master’s degree before they will gain any points under the ‘qualifications’ area. Currently, applicants can gain points for a Bachelor’s level degree. From April, this is no longer going to be possible.

In addition, in order to gain any points for previous earnings, applicants will be required to have earned the UK equivalent of at least £20,000 over the twelve months that they wish to claim for.

UK Work Permits Ltd would suggest that individuals who are currently considering making an application under Tier 1 (General|) make their applications as soon as possible to avoid both the change in rules and the inevitable flood of applications that will likely increase waiting times considerably.

If you would like to know whether you do qualify, please take our free initial assessment by using our points based calculator or by contacting us on 0845 226 4030.