UNITED KINGDOM

Immigration to United Kingdom

One of the world's ultimate destinations, United Kingdom has so much to offer. With a rich cultural history and a stable economy, UK is increasingly becoming a coveted country for people wanting to resettle abroad. A land of physical beauty coupled with world's best living and working conditions, UK is fast becoming the hot spot for skilled professionals....read more

Immigration Regulations at a Glance


TIER 1 (GENERAL) OVERVIEW

Skilled migration plays an important part in the United Kingdom's effort to keep its economy globally competitive. As part of the UK's five-tier points based immigration system, Tier 1 (General) allows highly skilled individuals who score the requisite points to immigrate to the UK without any kind of sponsorship from an employer. Highly skilled individuals include doctors, scientists, engineers, MBAs, and other educated workers. If you can speak English, have earned at least the equivalent of a bachelor's degree, and can show that you have earned a relatively good income in your home country, Tier 1 (General) is the right scheme for you.

Since 2002, the UK has been actively encouraging skilled migrants to immigrate to the country -- first through the HSMP and now through its Tier 1 (General) visa for general highly skilled migrants, which replaced the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) on 30 June 2008.

Tier 1 (General) is very similar to the previous HSMP, save for the notable exception of the removal of the MBA provision which allowed those with MBAs from a list of specific universities to claim an automatic 75 points. English language requirements are also more stringent.
Points are awarded according to the following five categories:  ...read more

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