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UK Point-Based Immigration System

How does Point-Based Immigration work for Indian students?

The UK's points-based immigration system awards points for specific skills and attributes to applicants seeking permanent residency.

Points-based immigration considers factors such as skills, qualifications, professions, salaries, and age profiles to help speed up granting residency to highly skilled professionals and STEM graduates.

Indian students looking for higher education in the UK, followed by work opportunities, will particularly benefit from this system, which is modelled on Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand systems. Indian students studying in the UK can make suitable career choices by opting for courses related to professions that face a skill shortage and are listed on the United Kingdom Shortage Occupation List. This will help students get jobs faster and give an additional 20 points to their permanent residency application.

Point-Based System Table

Migrants who wish to live and work in the UK require a total of 70 points. The points available are listed below.

Characteristics Required Points
Offer of Job by Approved Sponsor Yes                 20
Job at Appropriate Skill Level Yes                 20
English Speaking at Required Level Yes                 10
Salary of £20,480 - £23,039 No                 0
Salary of £23,040 - £25,599 No                 10
Salary of £25,600 or above No                 20
Job in Shortage Occupation** No                 20
PhD in a subject relevant to the job No                 10
PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job No                 20

**UK Shortage Occupation List

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