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The points based system – where to start

If you are hoping to make a visa application that requires you to be assessed under the points based system (PBS), we are happy to help you at Saracens Solicitors. We are a west-end city law firm with many years’ experience working with all types of individuals and families to help them navigate the system.

The points based system is a way of assessing the eligibility of certain migrants to enter and remain in the UK for various periods of time. It can be quite tricky to find and follow the right course for successful application. This is where help from an immigration solicitor in London, like Saracens Solicitors, comes in handy.

Choosing a tier

The overall structure of the system is divided into five tiers. Each covers a number of different criteria and you may be eligible under more than one of them. Choosing the right tier to suit your circumstances is a key part of the application process.

Saracens Solicitors can check your personal details against the latest criteria and advise on which one is right for you and, where applicable, your family members.

Adding up your points

Points are awarded based on factors such as whether you have a sponsor for entry, what the purpose of your visit is and your financial situation. Your education, qualifications and English language skills may also be taken into account. You want to score the needed number of points, if you meet a certain level, your application is likely to make it through to the next stage of the application process.

With the help of an immigration solicitor in London, you can make the most of your circumstances and aid your application as much as possible.

The old system

If you have applied for a visa before but have not reapplied in the past five years, you may notice some changes to the categories on offer. Some aspects of tier 1 and tier 3 were suspended or closed. This included the Post Study Work Visa and the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme.

This area of law is subject to frequent, rapid and complex changes that can affect ongoing applications. Having an immigration solicitor in London, such as Saracens Solicitors, is vital to understanding and staying ahead of the changes.


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