19 March 2010

Bachelor's degrees back on Tier 1 eligibility

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The UK Government will make major changes to Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the points-based system, including giving eligibility for Tier 1 applicants with Bachelor's Degrees.

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Changes to the Tier 1 programme will open up migration for those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Other changes to come into effect on 6 and 7 April 2010 include marriage visas for members of the armed forces, asylum and English for Speakers of Other Languages, UK immigrationMinister Phil Woolas announced.

The Government has accepted changes to Tier 1 recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee and released information about how they will implement changes they recommended to Tier 2.

The changes include new points tables for Tier 1 and Tier 2, a simpler route for very highly skilled workers without Master's degrees, greater flexibility for short-term transfers by multinational companies, and more protection against such transfers being used to fill long-term vacancies that should go to resident workers.

The Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, which details the changes, was laid before Parliament yesterday and include:


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