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UK: Want To Work? Are You Eligible? Understand The Point Based System For Immigrants And Skilled Workers

The United Kingdom is one of the most popular overseas employment destinations for Indians. It is one of the elite countries to which people seek to migrate for higher education and employment.

Aside from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the United States are the most popular. Moreover, unlike Canada and Australia, which have a relatively open immigration system that permits people to become permanent residents as soon as they arrive, the immigration system in the United Kingdom is extremely strict.

The point-based Visa system was brought in between 2008 and 2010, and since then, applicants’ eligibility to work in the UK has been based on it.

Previously, the UK had a Tier 2 (General) work visa, which has now been superseded by the Skilled Worker visa. This visa enables participants to travel to or remain in the UK for a qualifying job. So how does the points system operate, and how many points are required to work in the United Kingdom?

The Skilled Worker visa, Health and Care Worker visa, Intra-company visa, Minister of Religion visa (T2), and International Sportsperson visa are among the long-term employment visas available in the UK.

The points-based system is applicable to the majority of work visas, however, the Skilled Worker visa is the most prevalent since the remainder of the visas cater to special scenarios. Furthermore, the Health and Care Worker visa is part of the Skilled Worker route into the United Kingdom.

The Point-Based Immigration System

The Skilled Worker visa can be applied for when the candidate fits specific requirements, including whether their occupation type is qualified.

Furthermore, the job offer must come from a UK-based company that has been authorized by the Home Office, and the candidate must be paid the minimum wage for the type of work they would be doing according to UK-defined standards. There are various elements that influence the awarding of immigration points.

According to the UK Government’s website, a work offer from an approved sponsor, a job at a suitable skill level, and English skills at a needed level are required for eligibility, with the first two weighted at 20 points each and the English skills requirement clause weighted at 10 points.

Aside from that, based on the salary offered to the candidate, 0, 10, or 20 points are awarded for salary requirements; 20 points are awarded if the applicant’s job is in a shortage occupancy as per the Migration Advisory Committee; 10 points are given if the applicant has a PhD in a job-relevant subject, and 20 points are awarded if the PhD is in a job-relevant STEM subject.

According to Ajay Sharma, President and Founder of Abhinav Immigration Services Private Limited, the first look at the point-based system will paint a very rosy picture that you would be allowed to go in if you had the appropriate qualification, this IELTS score, and a specific work experience. This is also what the majority of people are excited about.

However, the points system is set up in such a way that you cannot obtain a Skilled Worker visa unless you receive a work offer from a UK firm. The main thing to remember is that obtaining a work offer is required for the visa.

If the individual does not have a job offer, none of the other variables will matter. However, another crucial component of the job offer is that people frequently indicate that they will ask a relative who owns, say, a business in the UK to offer a position.

Furthermore, this does not work since the employer must have a sponsor license, which implies they must have a license that allows them to hire talented people from all over the world. He also stated that prior schooling and professional experience in the UK are more highly recognized in the country.

Minimum Point Requirement For Skilled Worker Visa In UK

Finally, here comes the most critical point: the minimal threshold. The UK Government website indicates that a total of 70 points are needed for an individual to be able to apply for work in the UK on the basis of the Skilled Worker visa, taking into account both mandatory and tradeable elements affecting the UK points system.

Salary levels are classified into three categories.

Individuals receive 0 points if their salary range is £20,480 to £23,039, or at least 80% of the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher), and 10 points if they have been offered a salary range of £23,040 to £25,599, or at least 90% of the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher) (whichever is higher).

Similarly, 20 points are rewarded if your pay is £25,600 or greater, or at least the going rate for your profession (whichever is higher).

Legal Disclaimer: This article is provided for information purposes only.

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