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Tier 1- Highly Skilled Workers (based on attributes scoring 75 points or over from following criteria and 10 points for maintenance (fund) & 10 points for English Language)

UK Equivalent Qualification (Maximum 50 points)

You will gain 30, 35 or 45 points for your qualifications

PhD - 45 points

Masters Degree (eg MA, MSc or MBA) or Professional Level Qualification (eg Chartered Accountant) - 35 points

Bachelor Degree  - 30 points

None of above - 0 points

Note: For new applicants from April 06 2010 Bachelor Degree or above is acceptable.

UK Experience (maximum 5 points)

UK Qualification (If the qualification was gained in the UK) or earning over 25,000 in the UK per year  - 5 points

No UK Experience or No UK Qualification - 0 points

Previous Earning (Maximum 75 points)

Please state below recent earnings in the UK Currency. You will gain 0 to 75 points under this category depending on earning power and Country of residence.

Income over last twelve months within last 15 months in the UK Currency.

 

150,000 or above:  earns 75 points
75,000 - 149,999: earns 45 points
65,000 - 74,999:  earns 40 points
55,000 - 64,999 : earns 35 points
50,000 - 54,999: earns 30 points
40,000 - 49,999: earns 25 points
35,000 - 39,999: earns 20 points
30,000 - 34,999: earns 15 points
25,000 - 29,999: earns 5 points
Under 25,000: earns 0 points

 

Age (Maximum 20 points)

If you are under 40 years of age you will gain points based on age.

29 or under - 20 points

30 to 34 - 10 points

35 or 39 - 5 points

40 or older - 0 points

Mandatory Requirements


1. Maintenance (Fund)

  Over for 1 year For under 1 year
Main Applicant 800 2,800
Dependent (each) 533 1,600

If you do not maintain this fund for over 3 months - not eligible.

 

2. You are proficient in English (this is based on scoring at least 6.5 score in IELTS or being resident of majority English speaking country or having the UK degree) 
 

If you are not proficient in English - not eligible

Note: Both of above requirements are mandatory. Regardless of meeting required points, if these mandatory requirements are not achieved, you are not qualified to success.

 

Additional Information

 

  • Applicants intitally be granted leave under Tier 1 (General) for two years rather than the current 3 years. This is changed for the purpose that homeoffice can verify Tier 1 workers are engaged in highly skilled work.
  • Extension will have the similar rule as above by adding 2 years on each age category.
  • New rule allows the applicants earning more than 150,000 to come to UK under Tier 1 (General), even they have no formal qualification.