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Tier 1 of points based system to be introduced 30 June 2008

The UK government have announced the introduction of a new system for assessing highly skilled migrants wanting to come to the UK to work. Tier 1 of the new Australian style points based system (PBS) will come into effect on 30 June.

This system has already been in force for applicants applying from India since 29th February 2008, but will now spread across to all other countries Worldwide.

The points system means only those migrants Britain needs can come to the UK. Tier 1 builds upon the success of the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme and is aimed at attracting applicants who have the very highest skills or who wish to establish themselves in business or to invest in the UK. Further tiers relating to students, workers with a job offer and temporary workers will be rolled out over the next 12 months.

Applicants will still earn points for their qualifications, previous earnings, competence in English language and ability to support themselves and their dependents. They can visit for an assessment. The system is also more straightforward, what was a two-stage application process now has only one stage – and the initial visa will be granted for three years not two.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about how to apply.