Immigration application process - the points-based system

The UK immigration points-based system is the process used to manage applications by individuals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland wishing to work, train or study in the UK.

Within the points-based system, there are different education and employment routes available to foreign nationals:

Find out more about the education and employment routes (Tier 1 to 5).

Are you eligible?

The number of points required and the way points are awarded depends on the Tier you are applying under, but will reflect your qualifications, experience, age, previous earnings and language competence.

You can check if you have enough points to qualify for a particular Tier by carrying out a self assessment of your eligibility online on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

Under the points-based system, UKVI will decide who is admitted or allowed to stay in the UK. Information about the points-based system is available on the UKVI website and may be subject to change. You are advised to check the website to establish which route of entry you are eligible to apply for.

If you are an international medical graduate (IMG) or doctor from outside the EEA you can apply for, and take up employment in, training posts that may qualify for sponsorship under Tier 2 (General). You can find more about these employment opportunities under Tier 2 on the NHS Jobs website. 

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