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IT Consulting – On Tier 1 General (HSMP)

Are you a highly skilled IT Consultant? Do you hold a Tier 1 General Visa? If so Commonwealth Contractors can maximise your contract earnings AND help you to qualify for a Tier 1 visa extension or ILR!

If you possess a Tier 1 General visa you’re in a very fortunate situation as now that the visa class has been cancelled the only other real option is a restrictive employer sponsored Tier 2 General Visa (formerly UK Work Permit).

Tier 1 General gives the holder a large degree of freedom however if you possess the visa and you would like to work as an IT Contractor you need to be careful to pick your steps carefully. If you go for the ‘quick wins’ and use a contracting vehicle that is to tax efficient you could find that you fail in your all important visa extension.

At Commonwealth Contractors we have developed a Contracting Solution specifically for highly skilled IT Consultants on Tier 1 General visas.

To discuss your situation with an experienced professional call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

Qualifying for a Tier 1 Extension

Traditional contracting solutions (i.e. Umbrella Companies, Contractor Limited Companies, Offshore Payment Vehicles etc) can cause major problems when it comes to extending a Tier 1 General Visa.

At Commonwealth Contractors our specifically designed Tier 1 General Solution includes;

  • A professionally represented Tier 1 General Extension application (terms apply)
  • Market leading retention rates (maximise your net contract retention today!)
  • Tier 1 application planning to ensure you meet all requirements
  • European Contracting Solutions – take on assignments in;
    • Germany
    • Belgium
    • The Netherlands
    • Republic of Ireland etc
  • Claimable Business Expenses, including;
  • Accommodation & Utilities
  • Travel & Subsistence
  • Flights to a from the UK
  • Visa Costs (reclaim government and professional fees)
  • Computer Supplies
  • Manuals & Textbooks
  • Postage & Stationary

To find out more call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

Qualifying for Indefinite Leave

At the moment you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (also known as Permanent Residence) if you spend at least 5 unbroken years in the UK on a Tier 1 General Visa (please note that a break is considered to be any more than 90 days in any one year).

At Commonwealth Contractors our IT Consultants benefit from;

  • Professionally represented Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications
  • Employment Letters & References to validate employment income
  • Up to date news regarding changes to the ILR system
  • Guidance on contracting solutions post ILR

Switching to Tier 2 General

If you’re unable to qualify for a Tier 1 extension don’t despair, as you may be able to ‘switch’ in country from Tier 1 General to Tier 2 General.

Each year many highly skilled IT Consultants find that they are unable to qualify for a Tier 1 extension, with reasons including;

Insufficient earnings during the qualification period
Insufficient funds to validate the maintenance requirement
Inability to prove earnings due to the payment structure used e.g. Contractor Limited Company or Offshore Payment Vehicle

At Commonwealth Contractors our Tier 2 licensed consultancy partners may be able to assign an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship and transfer you from Tier 1 General to Tier 2 General (formerly the old UK Work Permit scheme) where a project based assignment exists for a minimum £250 per day for a minimum 3 month period.

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To find out more about Commonwealth Contractors call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

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HSMPs for Bulgarians and Romanians

If you are a highly skilled professional from Bulgaria or Romania you may be able to apply for a HSMP Visa for the UK. The HSMP Scheme (and its successor Tier 1 General) is now closed to all new applicants except those from Bulgaria and Romania. (more…)

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Working in the UK as a Bulgarian or Romanian

Are you a highly skilled Bulgarian or Romanian? Would you like to work as a Contractor in the UK on a Work Permit, HSMP or ECAA Visa? If so Commonwealth Contractors can help! (more…)

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Working & Contracting In Europe On A Tier 1 Visa

Would you like to work on IT or Engineering projects in mainland Europe? Do you hold a Tier 1 General Visa? If so you may be able to undertake temporary assignments without having to secure a country specific work visa. (more…)

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Tier 1 General to Tier 2 General

Are you unable to qualify for a Tier 1 General extension? Do you work as a highly skilled IT, Engineering, Medical or Financial Services Professional? If so Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help you ‘switch’ in country to Tier 2 General! (more…)

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Tier 1 General Extensions – Quick guide for initial applications on or before 5 April 2010

This section acts as a quick guide for those that come under the rules applicable on and before 5th April 2010. That is those who are currently in the UK on a Tier 1 general Highly Skilled Migrant visa which was applied for on or before 5th April 2010. From 6th April 2010 the scoring system changed, and on 19th July 2010 the pass mark went up from 95 to 100! (more…)

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Tier 1 General Extensions – Quick Guide For Initial Applications 6 April 2010 – 18 July 2010

This section acts as a quick guide for those that come under the rules which applied from 6th April 2010 to 18th July 2010. That is those who are currently in the UK on a Tier 1 general Highly Skilled Migrant visa which was applied for between from 6th April 2010 to 18th July 2010 (inclusive). (more…)

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Tier 1 General Extensions – Quick Guide For Initial Applications On Or After 19 July 2010

This section acts as a quick guide for those that come under the rules from 19th July 2010. That is those who are currently in the UK on a Tier 1 general Highly Skilled Migrant visa which was applied for on or after 19th July 2010. On this day the pass mark went up from 95 to 100! (more…)

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Tier 1 General Visas / HSMP – Closed to New Applicants

Tier 1 General (formerly the old Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) is now closed to new applicants. If you’re a highly skilled professional you may qualify however for an alternative visa which will allow you to work in the UK as a highly skilled professional! (more…)

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