Attention: Point Based Calculator will be removed from 6th April 2016
Many of the immigration processes the UK employs rely on a point-based system. Historically, applicants have been able to utilise an online tool to calculate their criteria. The Home Office recently announced that, as of 6th April 2016, the Points Based Calculator will no longer be used to support immigration applications, due to changes that have made it no longer cost-effective. So what does this mean for you?
Initially, the online calculator was introduced to assist Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5 migrants. It would assess whether applicants met the criteria to work, or study, in the UK under the points-based system.
One of its most important features was its ability to show whether any overseas qualifications applicants may have, would meet the academic and English language requirements, within the UKs immigration rules. The change affects anyone using an overseas qualification as part of their visas or nationality application, including all areas of the points-based system. It will also affect those applying for indefinite leave to remain or naturalisation as a British Citizen.
Anyone applying on, or after 6 April 2016, who needs to evidence that their overseas qualification meets the English language requirement of their immigration application will no longer be able to use the Point-Based Calculator. After that date, applicants will need to obtain an official statement from the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC). Not surprisingly, there will be an additional fee for this, and applicants will need to contact and pay them directly.
Any applicants who are nationals of non-English speaking countries can take an appropriate Secure English Language Test to demonstrate the English language aspect of their application. Please note that this test also requires an additional fee.
If these changes have made your application difficult, the team at YDVISAS are always on hand to talk you through it and discuss what your options are. Give us a call today.