NOTE applications must be made under Tier 1 (General) of the new points-based system .

International Work Permits will be able to advise all applicants currently on HSMP. Please note: applicants who are applying for extension or initial HSMP in the UK will need to apply for the new Tier 1 General Highly Skilled Migrant [GHSM] sub-category. For the rules for the new General Highly Skilled Migrant sub-category [post 19th July 2010] please click here .

Under the new scoring structure, individuals must qualify with a minimum of 80 points, as well as showing that they meet a number of other basic criteria . Points are awarded for qualifications, age, earnings, and experience studying or working in the UK. In addition, individuals must be proficient in English (IELTS level 6.5 + or a Bachelors degree taught and instructed in English or national of an English speaking country). Furthermore, there is a maintenance requirement of 800GBP in the last 3 months.

It should be noted that HSMP / Tier 1 applications and extensions are no longer available. It might be, however, that you are eligible under the 5 year Tier 1 / HSMP settlement route. More information about this can be found at the following link: Indefinite Leave to Remain

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