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Why and when was the Points Based System introduced to the UK?
The Points Based System (PBS) consists of 5 main categories and within 4 of the categories
you have sub-
The Points Based System currently has 4 active categories and only 3 of them apply to UK businesses, where sponsorship is required, they are:
The first tier of the PBS was rolled out to the UK on the 29 February 2008 to replace
the then existing Highly Skilled Migration Programme (HSMP). Tier 1 General (one
of 5 sub-
On the 28 November 2008, the second tier of the PBS was introduced, Tier 2. Tier
2 has 4 sub-
UK organisations were advised from May 2008 to start applying for a Tier 2 Sponsor
Licence if they wished to employ a skilled worker from outside of the EU from the
28 November 2008. In 2008 the Home Office realised that the newly introduced PBS
would be very confusing for UK businesses and decided to appoint a number of immigration
specialist companies to assist the Home Office by providing help and advice on getting
the employers businesses HR practices in order, help apply for a sponsor licence
and achieve the A-
Home Office PBS Support Companies
Global 4 Immigration (G4I) applied to the Home Office in 2008 to be one of the organisations
assessed as advisers to prospective Sponsors under the Points-
Prior to the PBS being introduced, there were many visa applications being approved and refused in error as the Home Office policy guidelines were not always clear and precise hence why the PBS was introduced. The 5 tier routes of the PBS replaced the need for 80 visa routes into the UK and making it easier to understand what route the migrant should take. The PBS simplified the immigration policies making it much clearer for all parties so applications submitted would be correctly assessed.
Tier 3 was created to replace both the Sector Based Scheme (SBS) and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) for non EEA nationals (except for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals). Like with tier 2, the UK organisation would need to obtain a sponsor licence but Tier 3 was shelved before it went live. With the expansion of the EU from 15 to 27 countries it is very unlikely Tier 3 will ever be activated as a route to allow low skilled migrants into the UK.
On the 31 March 2009, the Home Office officially launched Tier 4 for students. Before the introduction of the PBS system, UK student visas were filled with many loopholes. These loopholes exposed the system to abuse as many students used the route not to study but to work full time. The introduction of the PBS made each training institute liable if any student failed to do their course of studies. Just like Tiers 2 and 5, the training institute would need to apply for a sponsor licence and issue every student a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) before they can apply for a student visa. This placed more responsibility in the hands of educational institutes.
Would your business like to employ migrants or accept students under the points based system?
If you are considering employing migrants then we recommend you should read the information on the following pages by clicking the below 3 links:
If you need help and support in applying for a sponsor licence we can help you throughout the process.
Tier 5 was also introduced on the 28 November 2008. Like with Tier 2, if the UK organisation wanted to employ a migrant through one of the 5 temporary worker route then a sponsor licence would need to be required. If any business was to take on temporary workers, when they applied for a sponsor licence they would applied for Tier 2 and Tier 5.
Tier 5 had 6 visa routes, only 1-
Did you know that one of the six sub-
Note: The permit is for a maximum of two years and it cannot be extended.
Points Based System
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