Latest comment on the upcoming changes – 31st March 2009

UK Work Permits Ltd is now able to clarify some further pieces of information regarding the imminent changes affecting:

  • Tier 1 (General)
  • Tier 1 Post Study Work
  • Tier2

Of the UK Points Based System.

Tier 1 (General)

It has been confirmed from several sources, including from the Border Agency (in writing) that the new revisions to Tier 1 (General) will not apply for individuals currently holding HSMP status looking to extend their stay under Tier 1 (General). As of 31st March 2009 however, for all those seeking entry clearance or (“first permission”) leave to remain under Tier 1 (General) it will not be possible to claim points for Bachelor’s degrees, or for earnings at a level less then £20k (or the adjusted overseas equivalent).

Tier 1 (Post Study Work)

It has been confirmed that, as of 31st March, it will no longer be possible for individuals to claim points under Tier 1 (Post Study Work) for Postgraduate certificates and diplomas, except in the case of UK Postgraduate Certificates of Education (PGCE).

Tier 2

It has been confirmed by the Border Agency that advertising via JobCentre Plus will become mandatory for all positions before a Certificate of Sponsorship can be issued. This requirement will apply to positions where the salary exceeds £40k p.a, although the position will only need to be advertised for a period of one week.

Other changes

A number of other changes have also been announced in a statement of changes issued by Phil Woolas, the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration:

  • Allowing nurses and midwives to switch between Tier 5 and Tier 2 following full registration with the NMC;
  • Allowing footballers to switch from Tier 5 to Tier 2;
  • Further clarification being issued regarding activities that are permitted under the Business Visitor category;
  • Deleting some existing provisions which allow exemption for Knowledge of Life (in the UK) for ILR applicants.