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ways to work in the UK
THE HIGHLY SKILLED MIGRANT PROGRAMME (HSMP)
a UK work permit without needing a UK employer to sponsor you!
have searched far and wide for partners that look after their clients,
do not charge excessive amounts of money and are regulated by the
OISC, well now we have found them in SkillClear.
all barriers to working in the UK
the online Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) Points Calculator
from our partners at SkillClear and see if you qualify! You
can also receive a free assessment of your case by a Registered
Specialist HSMP Consultant.
Highly Skilled Migrant Programme has been very successful since
itís launch on 28th Jan 2002.
points based scheme allows you to qualify for HSMP based on your
qualifications, work experience and achievements in a particular
field. The programme was designed to encourage the entry of people
to the UK to seek employment who are probably already earning a
high salary and are very successful in their home country.
individual can apply; depending on your circumstances where you
may apply from will vary. Applications made in the UK will be scored
against the HSMP criteria but whether leave to remain is granted
will also be determined by your current immigration status. Applications
for those resident overseas no longer need to be made in the first
instance via a British embassy or consulate overseas. We can make
these applications directly in the UK.
you can qualify under the programme
make a successful application you will need to provide evidence
that you score sufficient points in the categories and demonstrate
that you will be able to continue your career in the United Kingdom.
Please note that you do not have to score points in all categories
to qualify under the programme as long as you score at the minimum
points total required.
you think you may qualify visit the HSMP calculator for a quick
initial assessment, a free service which will ask a few basic questions
for a simple way to assess your score. SkillClear will let you know
if you qualify for the programme and see if you would like to apply.
you are based outside the UK, your payment will be required in advance,
if you are in the UK, half the fee as deposit and half upon success.
If you do not qualify under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme,
there are other options available to you:If you are a Commonwealth
citizen between the ages of 17 and 30 then you may qualify for a
Working Holiday Visa. With recent changes to legislation you will
now be able to work full time with the Working Holiday Visa without
need to find an employer first. Find out more about the Working
Holiday Visa.If you have a job offer
from a UK company which wants to employ you in a role for which
it can not find an EU national, you may be able to get an employer
sponsored work permit. Further
Information for Employees.
in the UK
(in association with our partners at www.skillclear.com)
can and who can't work and live in the UK?
Permanent Residents of the UK and British and European
Nationals [EEA] do not need to apply for the right to work in the
UK. Mostly all others will need to ensure that they have this right
to work, study or live in the UK and there are many ways in which
this can be achieved. The key issue for you is that you know your
status and can obtain this right as quickly and certainly as possible.
The most common
way to obtain this right to work is by obtaining one of the many
types of work permit or permit free employment available. These
include permits for those who have been offered a job ; for those
who have not had such an offer but are of a highly skilled and experienced
nature ; those who are British Commonwealth citizens under 31 years
old ; those working as Ministers of Religion, for International
Press, as Postgraduate Doctors or Dentists, Overseas Governments
and many more.
There are many
other ways to enable you to legally live and work in the UK including
those who have UK or EU partners, those who may have British or
Irish Ancestry and others.
It is a common
fact that too many opportunities are lost due to lack of awareness
of your options.
Recruiters miss out on ther people they need and Candidates miss
out on their ideal job because of lack of information and help.
It is also a fact that these opportunities are sometimes avoided
because it is felt that too much extra work and admin is required
to make it happen. Actually, all it takes is an email or a phone
call to give you an idea about such matters and after that, there
is either little or no extra work. That is what our partners at
SkillClear do for you.
Information for UK Immigration, Work Permits and Visas.
Work permit schemes were originally designed to ensure
that non-EEA nationals did not compete with the resident labour
force. However, in today's market, with relatively low unemployment,
the Government is more focused on working with British Industry
to make it stronger, especially in areas that demand skills that
are officially considered to be in short supply - notably IT, telecommunications,
engineering, teaching and medicine. Even so, foreign candidates
must show themselves to be ideal for a position that has proved
difficult to fill with local workers. In areas of occupation
shortages, advertising is not required, nor
is it required for board level roles, transfers from your overseas
company to the UK, those with previous work permits in the same
field and those that are coming with investment.
In addition, the new Sectors
Based Scheme allows lesser skilled people obtain a work permit
such as in the Hospitality Industry (Chefs, Waiters etc) and the
Meat Packing Industry. This is a quota based scheme renewed annually.
Only an employer
can apply for a work
permit. It remains specific to one role and does not cover a
transfer to another position within the company or a move to another
although doing this can be easier if required. There are many routes
of entry if you work as a contractor or want to work as a business
visitor, on an advisory or consulting basis.
Free Employment is another very useful way to enter the UK to
work - it still requires providing documented details of candidate
and role but is relatively a more simple process. It is not a work
permit as such, it is a visa that allows work in specific categories.
citizens, the Working
Holiday Scheme can allow a 2 years visit to the UK to work and/or
holiday if you are under 31 years of age and is an ideal way to
minimise some of the other permit and visa headaches that can crop
Skilled Migrant Programme is a great development in recent years
and allows those skilled individuals to obtain a one year full work
visa for the UK without the need for a job offer first. It overcomes
most of the hurdles commonly encountered. For instance, a recruitment
company cannot sponsor a work permit for those it wishes to place.
So now, as an agency, all you need to do is obtain this HSMP
visa for your best people and you can contyract them out and place
them permanently WITH the right to work. For individuals, you can
come to the UK to look for work. If you find it, I am sure you are
used to an employer asking you if you have a work permit. Well now
your answer is 'Yes'. You can take that job without your new employer
needing to do anything different to taking on a UK national.
to or partners of UK nationals, residents, work permit holders
or EEA nationals can also obtain the right to work on that basis.
have UK or Irish grandparents may also be able to obtain the right
For all above
categories, your family
can come too if they are under 18 and dependant on you. Your parents
and grandparents may also be able to accompany you depending on
make a decision that any candidate or opportnity is not for you,
why not look at all of your options first. There are probably more
than you think.
This is important
to you. Make sure you are fully informed or a placement, a great
employee or a great job may just slip past.
has been supplied in association with our partners at SkillClear
- Immigration, Work Permit and Visa Consultants.
to visit UK Immigration site.