Economic migrants with high levels of skills and experience will be able toenter the UK from January to seek work without a job offer, immigrationminister Lord Rooker announced last week. The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme will introduce a points-based system toassess the qualifications and experience of overseas applicants. Applicants will need to obtain a minimum of 75 points from five scoringareas, including educational qualifications, work experience, past earnings andachievement in a chosen field. Lord Rooker said, “At the moment it is not possible for individuals,other than those with ancestral ties to the UK, to come to this country to seekand take up work without a job offer. “This makes it difficult to attract highly mobile people with thespecial talents that are required in a modern economy. This programme isspecifically designed to help highly skilled migrants come to the UK and seekwork.” The programme differs from the existing work permit scheme because it doesnot require an employer to obtain the permit from the individual. It will run for an initial 12-month period from 28 January. www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Points system for overseas staff to work in UKOn 18 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.