UK Visa Information
Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)
The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme has been very successful since its launch on 28th Jan 2002 enabling in excess of 24,000 individuals to enter the UK.
The 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.
Any 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 residing 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.
How you can qualify under the programme
To make a successful application you will need to provide evidence that you score required points or more 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.
Working Holiday Makers Visa (WHMV)
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.
The Working Holiday Maker scheme has recently been enhanced in a very positive way, removing barriers to working in the UK.
You can now work full time in any chosen field, including your own career field, for the full 2 years of the visa. It is of course becoming a very popular scheme. This allows those who might qualify in other areas to come to the UK and make a difference where it is needed in the working environment and to enjoy the country.
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.
How we help
We are here to ensure that you fulfill the key criteria and to obtain this permit for you.
Please bear in mind the importance of making a correct and well supported application.
It is strongly advisable to make your application through us if you wish to ensure the best possible chance of success. In our experience, 80% of those applying without such representation fail, sometimes for annoyingly simple oversights and errors but most times for inadequate understanding of the process and the documentation required.
Please contact us if you wish to proceed with an application or require further advice.