“Earning requirements have been raised quite significantly, but not to the point where it is impossible for normal, skilled South Africans to qualify. The earnings qualifications amount to between 5-45 points with the minimum level of earnings, for which applicants can claim points, set at £25,000 (increased from £20,000)”, explains Cory.
“While this may seem like a lot, it is important to note that currently the UK government uses “multipliers” to calculate the South African equivalent salary” says Cory. Many people make the mistake of thinking this is based on the exchange rate, which is most certainly not the case. If you’re in any doubt, the best thing to do is get in touch with 1st Contact, who will be able to quickly ascertain your eligibility.”
This is an exciting time and those with BA Degrees who want to gain work experience in the UK should act now
Cory says 1st Contact have already had an influx of calls and assisted many South Africans to establish their eligibility since the announcement last week.
“This is an exciting time and those with BA Degrees who want to gain work experience in the UK should act now. The Visa laws tend to be fickle and it would be wise to apply for a Visa while this window of opportunity is open.” she added.
Another welcome change to the requirements is that applicants who are under 30 years of age at the date of application will be awarded 20 points for their age.
Registration for nationals born to British born mothers is now another option for citizenship
These Tier 1 changes come hot on the heels of a new immigration law which came into effect on 13 January 2010, allowing South Africans with British born mothers the right to UK citizenship through registration.
Don’t be put off by Red Tape
“Visa applications often seem extremely daunting to young professionals who have never been through the process. But immigration specialists like 1st Contact are ready and willing to help – it’s what we do. There’s no need to miss the opportunity of a lifetime when there are specialists who have the answers and the information you need,” concluded Cory.