IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? As of April 6, applicants for points-based visas will no longer be able to use the Points Based Calculator self-assessment tool to determine if they meet the English language requirements. UK Visas and Immigration Service is eliminating the calculator as of April 10.
What does the change mean? Applicants who have not achieved a degree from a deemed English-speaking country will need to obtain an assessment of their qualifications from the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), an agency that provides advice on international qualifications.
Background: UK Visas and Immigration announced that it is phasing out the self-assessment tool due to cost. NARIC will take over the assessment of academic qualifications for immigration purposes beginning April 6.
At present it can take up to 10-15 working days to receive an English Language Assessment. A fast-track option (at additional cost) can expedite processing to 24-48 hours.
BAL Analysis: Employers should expect longer timelines for Tier 2 applications and all points-based applications, as they will need to go through an extra step of obtaining certification through NARIC and also an English language test, if necessary.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please contact email@example.com.
Copyright © 2016 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Department data shows a dramatic increase in the number of visas issued last fiscal year. Colleges say the need
Danish immigration authorities released new rules that update the work permit exemption policy for employees working within affiliated companies....
The Swiss government has set work permit quotas for 2024, leaving them unchanged for EU/EFTA, non-EU/EFTA and U.K. nationals. Quotas
Canadian officials announced that a dedicated humanitarian pathway to provide permanent residence to Colombian, Haitian and Venezuelan foreign...