Changes to the UK immigration points-based system include a special mailbox for Universities with urgent requests needing immediate attention.
10 August 2009
Changes made to the UK points-based system
The UK Border Agency has announced a number of changes to the points-based system and revised its guidance for employers and education providers who sponsor migrant workers and students.
The changes have been made to ensure that the points-based system, used for UK visa and work permit assessments, continues to facilitate the trade and travel that benefits the United Kingdom and also ensure that the immigration system is not open to abuse.
The changes to the system include:
- Creating an escalation route for University Vice-Chancellors and Academic Registrars through the use of a dedicated mailbox for urgent incidents requiring immediate attention, with a guaranteed response within 72 hours.
- Modified rules on students' maintenance requirements.
Additionally, the UK Border Agency are:
- Developing new guidance for 'milkround' recruitment campaigns, to provide a truer test of the resident labour market whilst meeting the needs of businesses;
- Outlining the plans to develop the IT system, making it even easier for customers and sponsors to use;
- Looking at developing a new employer led route for interns to sit alongside and complement our existing Government Authorised Exchange schemes
- Making a number of changes to the guidance for points-based system sponsors.