POINTS BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM - UK

Points Based Immigration System UK

UK Immigration Lawyers - Points Based Skilled Immigration Advice

Our UK Immigration Lawyers are experienced, ethical, and members of the Law Society of England and Wales. They can assist clients in our offices in Melbourne or Brisbane, Australia and in Hong Kong. In addition, our United Kingdom qualified Lawyers can advise clients worldwide, with a fast and efficient Consultation by telephone or skype where they advise you about:

  • Visa eligibility
  • Information about the visa process
  • Advice regarding format of Job Offer by approved Sponsor
  • Advice regarding supporting documents including: Qualification certificates, Work references, Salary and Job Offer
  • Advice regarding minimum Salary requirements
  • Assistance in completion of UK Points Based Immigration Application forms
  • Advice regarding an application for Criminal Record Certificates
  • Assistance in booking an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo)
  • Visa Processing time guidance
  • Information about the UK Government fee, Skills Surcharge, Immigration Health surcharge and Lawyers fees for complete visa application assistance

Contact VisaConnect's UK Immigration Lawyers in 2021 for advice and assistance with your Points Based System Immigration application for UK Settlement (Permanent Residence)!

Routes to apply for Points Based Immigration System, in 2021

1. Skilled Worker Route - Applicant has a job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor, at the appropriate salary level.

2. Global Talent Route - This Route has opened to EU citizens on the same basis as non-EU citizens. This means the most highly skilled, who can achieve the required level of points, will be able to enter the UK without a job offer if they are endorsed under the Global Talent Visa by a recognised UK body, as approved by the Home Office.

3. Graduate Route - The Graduate Visa will be available to international students who have completed a degree in the UK from summer 2021. This will enable international students to remain in the UK and work at any skill level for two years after they have completed their studies or three years if they have completed a Phd. It will be an unsponsored route.

4. Intra-Company Transfer - The ICT route allows multinational organisations to facilitate temporary moves into the UK for key business personnel through their subsidiary branches, subject to compliance with ICT sponsorship requirements.

5. Start-up and Innovator - These routes are designed to attract entrepreneurial talent and innovative, scalable business ideas to the UK.

6. Health and Care Visa - The Health and Care Visa is part of the Skilled Worker route. It allows applicants to come to the UK to work if they are working in eligible health occupations, with a job offer from the NHS.

7. Creative route - This route is for applicants in the creative industry, with a Job offer, who are entering the United Kingdom for short‑term contracts or engagements for up to 12 months.

8. Sporting routes - International sportspeople must have a confirmed job offer and their employment sponsored by a UK employer licenced by the Home Office.

9. Seasonal Workers Pilot - The Seasonal Workers Pilot is currently running until the end of 2021 enabling the recruitment of a limited number of temporary workers for specific roles in the horticultural sector.

10. Youth Mobility Scheme - The UK has arrangements in place with eight countries and territories to enable around 20,000 young people to come to the UK to work and travel each year. Applicants must be 18 to 30 years old and can stay up to two years.

Skilled Worker Route - Points Based Immigration System - Eligibility

The new Points Based Immigration System system was introduced on 1 January 2021, and now EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally. The UK Home Office will reduce overall levels of migration and give high priority to those with the highest skills and the greatest talents: scientists, engineers, academics and other highly-skilled workers.

The Skilled WOrker Visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. To be eligible to apply for the Points Based Immigration System, as a Skilled Worker, you must score a total of 70 points in the Points test. Note that a number of the Points test characteristics are tradeable (not mandatory). See the Points Based System Characteristics and Points score below:

Points Characteristics and Score

CHARACTERISTICS TRADEABLE POINTS
Offer of Job by approved sponsor No 20
Job at appropriate skill level No 20
Speaks English at required level No 10
Salary of £20,480 (minimum) – £23,039 Yes 0
Salary of £23,040 – £25,599 Yes 10
Salary of £25,600 or above Yes 20
Job in a shortage occupation (as designated by the MAC) Yes 20
Education qualification: PhD in subject relevant to the job Yes 10
Education qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job Yes 20

Salary and Skills Threshold

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommendation on salary thresholds, including to lower the general salary threshold from £30,000 to £25,600. Note the following:

  • Salary 'Going Rate' - Applicants will still be required to be paid the higher of the specific salary threshold for their occupation, known as the ‘going rate’, and the general salary threshold
  • Trade Characteristics - Applicants will be able to ‘trade’ characteristics such as their specific job offer and qualifications against a lower salary
  • New Entrants - Requirements for new entrants will be fixed at 30% lower than the rate for experienced workers in any occupation and only use the base salary (and not the allowances or pension contributions) to determine whether the salary threshold is met
  • No Regional Salary Thresholds - In accordance with the MAC’s recommendations, the Home Office will not introduce regional salary thresholds or different arrangements for different parts of the UK
  • No Cap and No Labour Testing - The Home Office will suspend the cap on the number of people who can apply under the skilled worker route and remove the resident labour market test
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