The most prominent factors which contribute to the growth and popularity of UK immigration are the country’s robust economy and equal work opportunities. Many Indian skilled professionals choose to move to Britain because of its cultural diversity, leading healthcare systems, renowned universities, strategic location, and amazing lifestyle. However, immigrating to the United Kingdom requires you to get high scores in a points-based system and meet other basic eligibility requirements. So, how many points do you need to immigrate to the UK?
What is UK’s points-based immigration system? How does it work?
Under the UK’s points-based system, any foreign national seeking to relocate to the country must meet a specific set of requirements before applying for the visa process. All eligible candidates must secure enough points under the points-based system. Invitations are then issued to those who obtain the highest points.
The points system was initially used by the Labour government in 2008 to invite migrants from non-EU countries. It was then overhauled by the Conservatives after Brexit at the end of 2020.
All potential immigrants need sufficient points to be eligible for a skilled worker visa route.
One must secure at least 70 points to qualify. Factors like: English language skills; education; and below 26 years count towards the total score.
If you have a job offer from an approved British employer and have strong English proficiency, you would be awarded 50 points on the existing score.
Additional 20 points would also be awarded if the applicant’s job pays at least £25,600 a year.
Please note that jobs in health or education will still be given 20 points even if the salary is below £25,600.
Moving to the UK as a Skilled Worker
A Skilled Worker visa allows a foreign national to live and work in the UK to perform an eligible job with an approved employer.
The UK skilled worker visa is a replacement for the Tier 2 (General) work visa.
Basic eligibility criteria:
To be eligible under this category, you must:
Tier system under the UK immigration
UK Scale-up Visa
Another notable category that follows a point-based system for selecting immigrants is the UK Scale-up worker visa. The UK government launched this visa in August to help leading UK businesses and employers hire skilled workers, including scientists, researchers, programmers, engineers, etc. for vacant job positions.
Beneficiaries under the scale-up visa can stay in the UK for two years, after which they can extend their stay for three years. After five continuous stay, holders become eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR).
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