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Qualifications unlock immigration opportunities

by 1st Contact | Jan 20, 2010
  • The UK may well be advised to relax its Tier 1 educational requirement from a master's qualification to a bachelor's degree, following recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). The suggestion is good news for applicants currently falling behind in points for the Tier 1 visa.
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    However, according to expert immigration group 1st Contact, current applicants should be aware that already some professional memberships are considered equivalent to a master's degree. For example Chartered members of Engineers Australia (EA) are considered equivalent to a UK master's, putting them in a position similar to that of Chartered Accountants.

    The United Kingdom Borders Agency (UKBA) has an online points assessment on their website that holds a lengthy but not exhaustive database of qualifications and professional memberships from around the world. Depending on the UKBA’s perceived value of these qualifications or professional memberships a point’s assessment will be allocated.

    Following on the heels of a special report researching the situation at present, 1st Contact has found that some professional memberships appear on the UKBA’s points assessment, while many others that attract points do not. Through their enquiries 1st Contact has learned that in some cases other professional memberships like Barristers, Chartered Engineers and Veterinarians are awarded the 35 points usually reserved for master's degree qualifications.

    Anyone who is uncertain about their qualification or professional membership should complete the Tier 1 online assessment on the 1st Contact website or call their local 1st Contact Immigration team.

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