Starting on 01 April 2008, the HSMP ends for India applicants based in India, and for the rest of the world HSMP ends in summer of 2008. But you can switch to the newer Tier 1. Who can switch into Tier 1 .

For those already legally resident in the UK, a switch into Tier 1 is possible for:

  • HSMP visa holders, Innovators,Work Permit holders
  • People in the UK under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme
  • International Graduates Scheme and Science and Engineering Graduates scheme participants,Postgraduate Doctors and Dentists
  • Students,Student Nurses,Students Re-sitting Examinations,Students Writing Thesis

General Information

Here is the summary information about the new points based tiered immigration system :

The are five tiers:

  • Tier 1: For highly skilled migrants, entrepreneurs, investors, and graduate students.
    • Replaces the HSMP, the Entrepreneur , the Investor , and the International Graduates Scheme.
    • Tier 1 eligible to switch to another tier once they are in the UK if they can meet the requirements of that tier.
    • Tier 1 can lead to settlement if the permanent residence requirements are met at the time of application.
  • Tier 2: For skilled workers who have a job offer. Consider this as the new Work Permit rules.
    • Tier 2 eligible to switch to another tier once they are in the UK if they can meet the requirements of that tier.
    • Tier 2 can lead to settlement if the permanent residence requirements are met at the time of application.
  • Tier 3: For a limited numbers of lower skilled workers to fill temporary shortages in the labour market.
    • Tier 3 is now (2008) in favour of migrants from the EU; however, this may change.
    • Tier 3 is a temporary migration schemes and migrants who fall under these tiers will not be able to switch to a different tier from within the UK
  • Tier 4: Students.
    • Tier 4 eligible to switch to another tier once they are in the UK if they can meet the requirements of that tier.
  • Tier 5: For youth mobility and temporary workers, such as those who come under Working Holiday agreements with other countries.
    • Tier 5 is temporary migration schemes and migrants who fall under these tiers will not be able to switch to a different tier from within the UK
 

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