PLEASE NOTE: Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Program - HSMP) has now closed for initial applicants. Individuals, however, can continue to extend Tier 1 General / HSMP if currently on that visa:-

One of the most popular schemes is the points-based skilled immigration category, the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) which was introduced in January 2002 to attract ' high human capital individuals, who have the qualifications and skills required by UK businesses to compete in the global marketplace' (Para 2.18, 2002 White Paper). In this scheme points are allocated for educational qualifications, age, salary and UK Experience / UK Study. Unlike the sponsored work permit you do not require an employer in order to obtain the visa. This visa now manifests itself as Tier 1 (general) under the new UK Points Based System. International Work Permits can also assist in extension of HSMP under the new scheme (always on a "no visa no fee" basis) aswell as extensions under the Pre-November 2006 rules.

Why HSMP (now known as Tier 1 (general)) ? Tier 1 General / HSMP Page

Under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme [HSMP] / Tier 1 (general) scheme you may be employed, self-employed of a contractor, and you do not need permission to change your employment unlike employer sponsored work permits. After five continuous years in the UK as a highly skilled migrant / Tier 1 General, you will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK ( also known as permanent residence) and dependants (partner and children under 18) may be included in your application/s too.


TEL. +44(0)2078668170 in order for an OISC registered consultant to represent your case, as ever on a 'No Win No Fee' / flat fee basis. To date, International Work Permits [IWP] has assisted 1000's of of applicants in achieving a Highly Skilled Migrant visa in the UK [HSMP testimonials ]. In most instances, IWP can process your application on a same day basis although there are a limited  number of slots. If you have a pre-booked appointment in Croydon PEO then we can represent your case on your behalf.

Note: We also represent applicants who need to extend an HSMP application within the UK in the run up to permanent residence - It is important to prepare the HSMP extension two months before the expiration date because in some case applicants will need to sit an IELTS English exam! Not sure? A registered consultant will help you decide on your best option for UK HSMP's scheme / tier1.

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