Tier 1 (Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)

Highly Skilled Migrant Programme Tier 1 (ex HSMP)


What is it?

Unlike a work permits or working holiday visas, the Tier 1 (HSMP) allows applicants to work in the UK with fewer restraints. The programme has been designed to allow highly skilled migrants to work in their area of expertise, whilst contributing to the UK economy and its success. Applications work on a points based system, and are usually issued for a two year period, after which can be extended by three more years. For those who have worked in the UK for 5 years there is the opportunity to apply for indefinite leave to remain.

Who can apply for one?

The requirements to be met by a person seeking leave to enter as a highly skilled migrant are that the applicant:

  • (i) must produce a valid document issued by the Home Office confirming that he meets, at the time of the issue of that document, the criteria specified by the Secretary of State for entry to the United Kingdom under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme; and
  • (ii) intends to make the United Kingdom his main home; and
  • (iii) is able to maintain and accommodate himself and any dependants adequately without recourse to public funds; and
  • (iv) holds a valid United Kingdom entry clearance for entry in this capacity.

How to apply for a Tier 1 visa?

There are several ways to apply for your Tier 1 (Highly Skilled Migrant Programme), either in person, by post, online or via an agency in your home country. Most people will opt to use an agency, often many complexities are involved when applying for visas.

Links: Official UK Visa Government website

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