UK Immigration policy was opened up in 2001 December when the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme was announced to attract Highly Skilled Individuals to the UK by offering them Immigration visa leading to Permanent Resident status or Right of Abode in the UK. This was the first time in almost 30 years when the Immigration gates were opened up by the UK.
Schemes leading to Right
of Abode or Indefinite
Leave to Remain in the UK under UK Immigration Laws
One can immigrate to the UK under Highly
Skilled Migrant Programme, which is a Points based system where points
are awarded for Education, Work Experience, Earnings, Significant Achievement
and Partner / Spouse's Skills. Under HSMP one does not need any Employer Sponsorship
for immigration to the UK. Persons and their dependents migrating under this scheme
get PR status or ILR in 4 years time.
The other categories open for Immigration are available for Innovators
who want to set up their business in the UK. This category also allows PR status
after 4 years.
which essentially need to be sponsored by UK Employers allow person to come to
the UK to work. Work Permit holders get the Resident status and can apply for
PR status or ILR after 4 years.
transfers where the Overseas Company transfers the member of Management
team to manage the UK operations as Sole
For Low Skilled Workers there is Sector
Based Scheme including Agricultural
Of course, once can come to the UK on a student
visa and on successful completion of the studies in certain disciplines
and certain courses one can get permission of 1 year practical
training (which is 2 years in Scotland)
If you are a citizen of Commonwealth Countries and are aged between 17 and 30
years, you can come to the UK for 2 years under Working
Holidaymaker visa which allows stay up to 2 years when you can work in the UK to improve your skills. You can switch to Work Permit after 1 year under Working Holidaymaker visa.
You can also apply for a UK
Business Visa if you want to do business in the UK.
UK also has special visa arrangement for Ministers
And, there is one more possibility that one can marry
a UK citizen and migrate to the UK.