The Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) was introduced in the UK by the government in 2009 as a means of regulating immigration from inside and outside of the UK. The PBS is composed of five “Tiers” which replaced all previous immigration routes for entering the UK. Bloomsbury Law’s Immigration solicitors are experts at dealing with all applications made under the PBS. The Tiers are as follows:
- Tier 1 – Business Investments in the UK
This Tier is focused on business individuals who want to invest in the UK. The current sums of investment involved range from £200,000 to £10 million.
- Tier 2 – Skilled Workers Sponsored by Employers
This Tier is for skilled workers who are sponsored by employers who have a Tier 2 Sponsor License issued by The Home Office. Skilled workers are permitted to enter the UK on the basis that they have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the UK labour market, as it cannot be filled by an existing UK resident.
- Tier 3 – Low Skilled Workers
This Tier is for low skilled workers who wish to enter the UK to carry out temporary low skilled work. However, this category is currently suspended. It is unclear as to when, if ever, it will be operational again.
- Tier 4 – Students
This Tier is intended for those who wish to study in the UK. Tier 4 applicants have to be sponsored by a college or school approved by The Home Office which holds a Tier 4 Sponsor License. The aim of this tier is to provide a more transparent route for those who wish to study in the UK.
- Tier 5 – Cultural Exchanges and Temporary Working Opportunities
This Tier encourages younger people to experience cultural exchanges and temporary working opportunities in the UK. This Tier consists of two sub-categories: Tier 5 (Youth Mobility), allowing young people to live and work in the UK for a maximum period of two years, and Tier 5 (Temporary Workers), allows entry for those who do not qualify under Tier 2 to be sponsored by a licensed employer to come to the UK for temporary work.
This PBS is operated by having points awarded across a variety of criteria determined on the basis of an applicant’s skill, experience, age and also the level of demand in any given sector. Applicants under each Tier must prove their entitlement to leave, enter or remain by the producing the relevant documents.
In order to ensure that an application is successful, Bloomsbury Law’s immigration team will examine your case and circumstances thoroughly to ensure that your chances of success are at its highest. We understand that an immigration application can be very time consuming. However, our team of lawyers will do the best they can to ensure your application is dealt with as quickly as possible.
What do I do next?
Contact us online or speak to one of our dedicated specialists on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our bilingual speaking team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.
We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.