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By the end of 2008 and the start of 2009 a new immigration process and system will be in place within the UK in order to make migration into the UK easier and so that migrants fully understand whether they have the necessary qualifications and experience to take on the work and responsibilities that are required to fulfil the role and job title.

This new immigration process is a point's based system, which is made up of five different tiers. Each of these tiers will require migrants to score a sufficient amount of points to gain entry into the UK and remain there. The points that you gain are awarded for various criteria, which are specific to each tier. All of the points that will be awarded in each of these tiers will be done so to indicate that an individual is likely to comply with immigration requirements. Points will be awarded to reflect aptitude, experience, age and also the level of demand in any given sector.

The five tiers that make up the new points based system are all employment based and which tier you choose to apply for depends on the type of qualifications and the type of employment that you are looking for. When it comes to tier three of the points based system it is directed at migrants who fall into the low skilled migrant workers category. This aspect of the points based system will be brought in to replace the current Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) and the Sectors Based Scheme (SBS).

Tier three of the new points based system is intended to cater for the need of low skilled workers throughout the year and will be used in circumstances where the skills advisory body (SAB) identifies a shortage area, which can't be filled by UK workers. Tier 3 encompasses unskilled, temporary migration for employment that is largely seasonal in nature.

Like tier two, tier three of the new points based system is primarily an employer led process. What is meant by this is that it is the responsibility of your potential employer to apply for you to come and work for them. This shows that in order to come and work in the UK you need to have a job offer in place so that your application process can be started. Like work permits, companies looking to sponsor workers under the tier 3 visa system will need to attempt to source labour domestically within the UK before recruiting from outside the EU.

Until this new immigration process was brought into action the Government allowed temporary migration to the UK for jobs in hospitality, food processing and agriculture from all over the world; however with the new immigration system this was changed in favour of workers from the expanded European Union, who do not need prior permission to arrive. Officials say they believe vacancies can be filled with EU workers alone.

No date has been set for this tier to be activated but in order for people to understand exactly what is going on with the immigration process in the UK information has been released about the tier now.


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Helen is the web master of Immigration Consult, specialists in all aspects of Tier Three of the Immigration Process.


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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-06-22 21:23:06 in Employee Articles

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