Commercial Angles' Newsletter - February 2002
Immigration rules for highly skilled migrants
The highly skilled migrant programme (HSMP) will begin on 28 January 2002 and be run as a pilot for a period of one year. The pilot programme will be administered by Work Permits (UK), the government office based in Sheffield. The HSMP allows talented people with exceptional skills, abilities or experience and who are considered to be at the top of their profession to enter UK to seek work either as an employee or as a self-employed person. The HSMP differs from the work permit scheme in the following ways:
Under the HSMP rules, the employer is not required to apply for a work permit and the overseas national does not have to invest £200,000. Instead the overseas national may apply to Work Permits (UK) who will assess the application under several criteria. If the application is awarded at least 75 points under these criteria, the overseas national will receive a personal work permit allowing him or her to enter UK to seek work.
The criteria for obtaining an HSMP work permit are:
Applications under HSMP are normally made through the British consulate overseas. However people already in UK as students or work permit holders, but not visitors, may apply under HSMP whilst living in UK. Once granted permission under HSMP, the overseas national is allowed to enter and remain in UK for 12 months. After that, a three-year extension may be applied for, at the end of which time the applicant may apply to settle in UK.
As an alternative to HSMP, the ecommerce minister has announced that software specialist applicants from India may now apply for multiple-entry, two-year work visas that will enable them to enter and leave UK as often as they wish during the validity of their visas.
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