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UK immigration is a relatively straight-forward and inexpensive process compared to most countries. There is very little need for expensive immigration lawyers, consultants or agents. All the forms required are in the public domain and the British immigration authorities are surprisingly helpful.

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Home Office:  Immigration and Nationality Directorate
The first point of call for anyone interested in staying in the UK and/or applying for British nationality. The IND office is located in Liverpool. Also under the Home Office, is the Work Permits UK department which is located in Sheffield.

Work Permits UK
Part of the Home Office IND, this site is dedicated to answering enquiries about working in the UK. In addition to guidance notes on application procedures, it also has links to application forms that can be downloaded. You can find out about the new Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, working holiday maker, shortage occupations, etc.

UK Visas
This is the site of a joint Home Office and Foreign Commonwealth Office unit which caters to those not looking for work but planning to visit the UK. It has a questionnaire you can fill out to determine if you need a visa, or entry clearance to enter or transit through the UK. It also contains a list of commonwealth countries.

UK Passport Service
Guidance notes and application forms for UK passports, the site also specifies what's required to obtain British nationality.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The FCO contains the latest travel advice for British nationals visiting another country. But it also has a link to British missions overseas where you may apply for a visitor's visa.

OISC
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) is an independent public body set up under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

UK Government Online
From local government to central government, you can find lots of useful information here, especially if you are new to the UK. The OISC regulates and licenses immigration advisors not bound by the UK Law Society. As such, you can search for an advisor or make a complaint.

 

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UK WELCOMES MORE HIGH FLIERS TO BOOST ECONOMY

 

The UK's drive to attract the brightest and the best will be boosted through changes to the Government's flagship Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, the Home Office announced today.

 

Changes to the scheme which enables high fliers with exceptional skills to come to the UK include:

 

-Reducing the overall points required to qualify;  

 

-Introducing new criteria for applicants aged under 28 to make it easier for younger, skilled applicants to work in the UK; and  

 

-Taking account of graduate partners' achievements.

 

 

 HIGHLY SKILLED MIGRANT PROGRAM

 

1. The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) was set up in January 2002 as route for particularly talented people to apply to work in the UK.  It differs from the work permit scheme in that it does not require an employer to obtain a work permit for the individual. Applicants are assessed on a points system on their qualifications, earning ability and experience. 

2. Proposals to expand the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme and introduce the new Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme were announced in the Chancellor's Budget Report on the 9th April 2003 (see PN 111/2003).

3. The new HSMP criteria includes:

  • Reducing the overall points threshold from 75 to 65 points;
  • Introducing new criteria for applicants aged under 28 to make it easier for younger, skilled applicants to work in the UK;
  • Introducing an allowance of 10 points for an applicant with a partner who has a degree or has been previously employed in a graduate-level job;

4. Graduates in maths, science and engineering wishing to work in the UK following completion of their studies should:

  • Have successfully completed a relevant course of a duration of one year or more, at a UK Higher Education Institution;
  • Be able to maintain and accommodate themselves without recourse to public funds;
  • During their 12 months' leave, have a right, subject to meeting the various criteria to switch in-country to Work Permit employment or the HSMP category.

5. From today (31st October) all successful applicants on the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme will have to pay a fee of �150. See PN 276/2003.

6. For further information on the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme go to www.workpermits.gov.uk