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1 Points Based Immigration System Impact on Staff Recruitment Process Clare Martlew January 2009
2 Previous Process Employer established need to fill vacancy with work permit holder (advertising and selection process) Employer applied for work permit to allow them to take up post Individual applied for visa for permission to enter country or remain if in country After 5 years individual could apply for indefinite leave to remain – no longer required work permit
3 Points Based System System based on Australian “points based system” UoN is now a licensed sponsor (A rated) When we want to appoint a migrant worker we issue a sponsorship (number) Appointee uses this to apply for visa and BIA refer to sponsorship in making visa decision New ID/visa card
4 The 5 tiers Tier 1 – Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (inc post study workers scheme) Tier 2 – generally replaces the categories who needed a work permit Tier 3 - unskilled Tier 4 - students Tier 5 - sponsored researchers, “creative and sporting”
5 Points for Tier 2 Criteria for points What we award points forPoints awarded Sponsorship - up to 50 points available If the job is on the shortage occupation list50 If the job meets the resident labour market test30 If the migrant is switching from a post-study worker category 30 Qualifications - up to 15 points available None or under the level of a qualification below degree level 0 Qualification below degree level5 Bachelor's or master's degree10 PhD15
6 Points 2 Future expected earnings - up to 20 points available Less than £17,000 0 £17,000 - £19,999 5 £20,000 - £21,999 10 £22,000 - £23,999 15 £24,000 or more 20 Maintenance - 10 points available £800 10 English language skills - 10 points available If the migrant is a national of a majority English speaking country or If the migrant has passed an English language test or If the migrant has a degree taught in English 10
7 Codes of Practice Each code includes the following: the skilled jobs at National or Scottish Vocational Qualification (NVQ or SVQ) level 3 or above in each occupation that sponsors are allowed to issue a certificate of sponsorship for; the minimum appropriate salary rates, as defined by the 25th percentile of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) or by an alternative code of practice; the acceptable media and methods for meeting the resident labour market test
8 Other features £170 per sponsorship (tier 2) Sponsorship immediately available on payment Valid for 3 months Must be issued within 6 months of placement of advert
9 Post Recruitment Requirement to monitor Requirement to keep up to date contact details Annual review of continuing eligibility
10 Finally…… Any questions?
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