Tier 1 – General
(previously the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)
The programme is designed to allow highly skilled people to migrate to the United Kingdom to look for work or self-employment opportunities. The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme is different from the Sponsored Skilled Workers arrangements because you do not need a specific job offer in the UK to apply and have the freedom to work for more than one employer.
Who can apply as a highly skilled worker?
When you apply you are awarded points based on your qualifications, previous earnings, previous UK experience, age, English language skills, and available maintenance (funds).
You must score:
- 75 points for your attributes including:
- previous earnings
- experience in the United Kingdom
- 10 points for English language skills
- 10 points for available maintenance (funds).