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Working After Studies An Introduction for Students at Oxford Brookes University 21 May 2007 Turpin & Miller Solicitors www.turpinmiller.co.uk
The International Graduate Scheme (IGS) for UK graduate and postgraduate students Graduate and postgraduate students completing their Degree in the UK are entitled to work for 12 months on completion of their studies
Information on The International Graduate Scheme can be found at: www.workingintheuk.gov.uk go to Schemes and Programmes www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/ go to Law and Policy – Immigration Rules and to Immigration Directorate Instructions www.workingintheuk.gov.uk www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/
What are the conditions for IGS? You must have successfully completed: a Bachelors degree course; or a Master's or PhD course; or a postgraduate certificate or diploma.
You must intend to work This requirement is satisfied by your statement that you do intend to work and no job offer is required.
You must be able to support and accommodate yourself without recourse to public funds. There is no amount of income and capital specified but you should show either: (i) current student employment, or (ii) a firm job offer, or (iii) some savings to live on until you find and start work
You must intend to leave the UK on completion of the IGS… Unless granted leave as a Work Permit holder, under the HSMP, as a businessperson, innovator or student
You must have the consent of your sponsor if your studies have been sponsored by a government or an international scholarship agency. This applies to applications to the Home Office and to applications from abroad. (When you contact your sponsor, ask for consent to include subsequent applications)
The maximum period of time is 12 months from commencement. It cannot be split up IGS holders are entitled to have spouse/partner and minor children join/remain
When can I apply for IGS? The application can be first made as soon as the student has completed the course. It is not necessary to have the degree certificate. The application must be last made within 12 months of the completion of the course as shown by the completion of leave to remain as a student.
Where can I apply for IGS? The application can be made directly to the Home Office on form FLR(IGS), or The application can made within 12 months of the completion of the course to the British Embassy/High Commission on form VAF1 (see www.ukvisas.gov.uk)
Can I switch back to student visa in the UK after doing IGS? Yes, near the end of your 12 months IGS you will be able to apply directly to the Home Office to extend your stay as a student.
Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)
HSMP is a points based scheme 75 points are needed It leads to settlement after five years View the HSMP Guidance Notes at www.workingintheuk.gov.uk/ and go to All Forms www.workingintheuk.gov.uk/
You score points for qualifications: PhD – 50 pts Masters – 35 pts Bachelors – 30 pts Vocational and professional qualifications can also score points if equivalent to the UK academic qualification
You score points for previous earnings: For example, Band A, which includes the UK £16,000+ - 5 points £18,000+ - 10 points £20,000+ - 15 points £23,000+ 20 points £26,000+ 25 points etcetera For all the Bands and the salaries see the Guidance Notes
You score points for UK experience: Working or studying (degree level) in the UK for one year gives you 5 points (you cannot score 10 points for having done both!)
You score points for your age at the date of application: 27 or under – 20 points 28 or 29 – 10 points 30 or 31 – 5 points
You must meet the English language requirement of either: IELTS Test Report Form Band 6 or above in the last two years, or Evidence that you hold a Bachelors degree (equivalent to a UK Bachelors) taught in English.
You can switch from student or from IGS into HSMP without going home
You must have the written consent of your sponsor to remain as a highly skilled migrant if your sponsorship was by a government or international scholarship agency sponsorship and that sponsorship is either ongoing or has recently come to an end. This does not apply to HSMP applicants making their application outside the UK.
Which is better - HSMP or IGS? IGS costs £395 HSMP costs £400 + £350 HSMP lasts longer (2yrs + 3 yrs = ILR) If you might stay for more than 12 months then apply for HSMP (but you might need to work for 12 months under IGS to obtain the Points for earnings)
If I change jobs with HSMP do I have to make another HSMP application? No
Lots of people get refused on HSMP because of not submitting the right documentation, is this true? Yes
What is the difference between a Work Permit and IGS and HSMP? A Work Permit is obtained by an employer. It gives permission to work in that job only. If you want to move jobs you have to obtain a new Work Permit. It leads to settlement after 5 years
If a job application says, "Have you got/do you need a work permit to work in the UK?" what should I put if I have permission to stay under IGS or HSMP? You have permission to work but it is not called a Work Permit. If you have IGS or HSMP you do not need a Work Permit.
Thats all Thank you!
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