Nov 8, 2006

Changes to British immigration rules announced

On Tuesday , Briton announced major changes in the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP).

The revised HSMP criteria will now allow applicants to score points against the following criteria: qualifications; previous earnings; prior experience in Britain as a student or employee; age; and participation in an MBA scheme.

Another major change announced is the introduction of the mandatory English language requirement. All applicants to the HSMP - new as well as those who are already in Britain and who seek extension to stay - will need to demonstrate their proficiency in English.

The points based system for managing migration was launched in February this year and forms a central strand of the Home Office's review of immigration announced by the home secretary in July.

Indians have been among the largest groups to come to Britain under the (HSMP) scheme ever since it was introduced in 2002.

This change in criteria is bound to affect Indians hoping to immigrate to UK.

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