Working Holiday to Tier 1 Update

Thousands of Working Holidaymakers & Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) Visa Holders will once again look to make the move to Tier 1 General in 2010 following the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation that Bachelors Qualifications should be reintroduced into Tier 1 General.

In April 2009 the minimum education requirement for Tier 1 General was increased from a Bachelors Degree to a Masters Degree following challenging economic conditions. This resulted in thousands of highly skilled Australians, New Zealanders & South Africans returning home for good as many found they were suddenly unable to qualify against the new criteria. Traditionally, following the expiry of a Working Holidaymaker Visa many highly skilled Antipodeans have returned home briefly to apply for a Tier 1 General Visa (formerly HSMP) before returning to the UK to build a career.

This change (so long as it is introduced by the UK Border Agency) will result in many Antipodeans once again working towards Tier 1 General Visas. Many of those who decided to leave the UK in 2009 may decide to return, however they may find it difficult depending upon whether or not they have continued to receive a highly skilled wage in any periods of down time.

Those either new to the UK on a Tier 5 Visa or nearing the end of a Working Holidaymaker Visa are recommended to contact Commonwealth Contractors for a Tier 1 Assessment. Professional Contractors planning a future Tier 1 Application are highly recommended to avoid going into business with a 1 man limited company as this structure may damage the chances of securing a visa.

If you wish to remain in the UK under the existing rules and you do not hold a Masters Qualification you may consider Tier 2 (Work Permit) Employment. At Commonwealth Contractors we work with International Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor a Tier 2 Visa. Call 0330 390 9021 or Submit your details now and we will get right back to you.


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