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The UK Tier 1 Visa will allow you to live and work in the UK initially for two years and then this can be extended by an additional three years. After five years in the UK you can apply for permanent residency.

Under the UK Tier 1 points-based system, you must score 95 points to be eligible. Points are awarded for:

  • 75 points for your attributes (age, qualifications, previous earnings, and experience in the United Kingdom).
  • 10 points for English language.
  • 10 points for available maintenance (funds).

Yes, there are some additional criteria that you must meet to be eligible for this UK Visa. Although these requirements do not gain points, they are prerequisites for an application:

  • Proficiency in English.
  • Proof of your will to continue working in your chosen field of employment.
  • Proof that you can support yourself without using UK public funds.
  • Proof of your intention to make UK your main home.
  • Evidence you have never been convicted of any criminal offenses.
  • Evidence you have never gone bankrupt.

No, there are no age restrictions on applying for this UK Work Visa. However, you will gain points for age only if you are under 40 years old.

No, anyone nationality can apply for this visa.

You will need to provide documents in support of each of the requirements of the Tier 1 Visa. All the documents should be originals and be relevant and directly appropriate to the particular criteria they are supporting. If any documents are issued in another language, they should be translated by a certified translator recognised by the British High Commission or Embassy.

You will need to provide:

  • The UK Visa application form completed and signed by you.
  • Your application fee.
  • Documents showing your qualification(s).
  • Documents showing relevant work experience. The position(s) held should demonstrate either graduate, senior or specialist level experience. Only full-time employment qualifies.
  • Documents showing your earnings and salaries.
  • Documents showing your English skills level.
  • Documents proving that you have enough funds to support yourself in UK.

Everyone working in the UK needs to have a UK National Insurance Number (NIN). Applying for an NIN can be a difficult process if you’re new to the UK and it can take up to 2 weeks to process. Visa First can start organising your NIN application before you arrive in the UK to help speed up the process. Apply for your UK NIN Number today.

If you lodge your Tier 1 points-based visa application from within the UK you will need to apply for leave to remain in the UK once your application is approved. Leave to remain permits you to stay in the UK as a skilled person and it needs to be submitted before your current status in the UK expires.

If you lodge your application under the Tier 1 points-based system from outside of the UK, you will need to apply for UK entry clearance once your application is approved. Entry clearance permits you to enter the UK as a skilled person and you should apply for it within three months of receiving your Tier 1 approval letter.

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Yes. Once the application process for your UK Visa is complete you will receive your documents back. If you need your documents back before this time, please contact us so that we organise to get them to you.

The MBA provision is being removed under the Tier-1 points-based system, but transitional arrangements will apply to visa applicants who enrolled in an eligible MBA course before 30 June 2008, and submit their visa application within 12 months of completing the qualifying MBA. If you enrolled in an MBA course after this date you will not be eligible to claim points under the MBA transitional arrangements, but you may be able to claim points for the qualification under the attributes required for Tier-1 (General) Migrants.

You can score 75 points under the MBA transitional arrangements. These points are available to initial applicants only.
If you are making a UK Visa application under the extension requirements of the Tier-1 (General) System you are not eligible to claim points under the MBA transitional agreement even if you are already in the UK under the:
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme; or
  • Self-Employed Lawyers' concession; or
  • Writers, Composers and Artists provisions of the immigration rules.

If you have graduated from an MBA programme but the institute you attended is not on the list of eligible institutes at the time of your graduation you will not be entitled to apply under the MBA provision. If you still wish to apply under the Tier 1 points-based system then you should complete the standard sections of the application form.

If you have graduated from an MBA programme from an institute that is on the list of eligible institutes, but you graduated before the list was published, you will not be entitled to apply under the MBA provision. If you still wish to apply under the Tier 1 points-based system then you should complete the standard sections of the application form.

The MBA provision within the skilled migrant scheme is only available to MBA graduates. If you have graduated from any other course at one of the eligible institutions you are not entitled to apply under the MBA provision. However, you can still make a standard application for the Tier 1 Visa.

The list of 50 eligible institutions is reviewed and re-published by the Treasury each year. If you have graduated from an institution that was on the list at the time of your graduation but the institute has since been removed from the list, you will still be entitled to apply for the Tier 1 MBA Provision.

Yes you can apply for UK skilled migrant status as long as you are not in the UK as a tourist or visitor.

Fill out our online UK visa application today.

Yes, you will need to send us your original, valid passport.

For UK migration visas, unfortunately the UK immigration office does not specify timelines for visas as it depends on their workload. We would advise waiting until your visa is approved before booking your travel to the UK.

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Complaints Process:
  1. Where an official complaint is received by Visa First, the company will record the nature of the complaint and issue an acknowledgement email to the client within 5 business days of receiving the complaint. The acknowledgement will provide the client with the contact name who is responsible for dealing with the complaint. The official complaint must be made by email (you may also write, although this will slow down the process), and confirm that the client wishes to enter this process. Please email your complaint to complaints@visafirst.com
  2. Visa First will investigate the complaint as swiftly as possible and where applicable, the complainant will receive a regular written update on the progress of the investigation at intervals of not more than 20 business days.
  3. Visa First will try to resolve the complaint within 40 business days of having received the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved within 40 business days, the Firm will write to the complainant notifying them of the anticipated timeframe for the conclusion of the investigation.
  4. Within 5 business days of the conclusion of the investigation of the complaint, Visa First will issue a resolution letter detailing the outcome of the investigation. This letter will include, if applicable, an explanation of the terms of any offer that the company is prepared to make in settlement of the complaint.

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