Tier 1 General HSMP UK Highly Skilled VisaThe Tier 1 General HSMP Visa replaces the previous Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP).
If you are currently in the UK then you can switch to the Tier 1 HSMP General Visa if you hold one of the folowing visa categories:
- Employer Sponsored Work Permit (WP1)
- Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
- Tier 1 Skilled Visa seeking extension
- Student Visa (if you have graduated from the course for which your student visa was approved
- Investor Visa
- Innovator Visa
- International Graduates Scheme (IGS)
- Post-Graduate Doctors or Dentists
Tier 1 General will provide an initial visa period of 2 years and allow you to work for any employer in any capacity. At the end of this period you will need to meet the points requirement for an extension of a further 3 years. After this you can apply for Permanent Residence
To qualify for the Tier 1 HSMP Highly Skilled Visa you must meet the following criteria:
- Primary Points-Scoring Requirements
You must score at least 80 points to qualify for the Tier 1 HSMP Highly Skilled Visa. Points are awarded for your age, education, past earnings and UK experience.
Find out if you qualify using our Tier 1 General HSMP Highly Skilled Visa Points Calculator.
You will need to show sufficient available funds to evidence your ability to support yourself and your family while looking for employment.
- English Language
You will need to evidence your English language ability, either by way of nationality, education to a certain level in specific countries or an English language test such as IELTS.