Extending HSMP Visas
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- FLR(HSMP) Form
- Age Assessment
- Previous Earning Power
- UK Experience
- HSMP Extension Calculator
- Transitional Arrangements for Those Who Do Not Qualify
Recent changes to the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
have affected getting an HSMP visa extension. Previously, an applicant had to show
that they took every effort to become economically active in the UK
during their initial stay under HSMP. With the HSMP changes of 7 November 2006
, applicants must re-qualify under the revised points based system with 75 points and be able to pass an English Language test.
Please see our Detailed Guide to HSMP
for more information on how the points based system works. The points based
system for HSMP extensions has some differences from the points based
system for initial applicants; mainly in
Earning Power, Age Assessment, and the ability to claim UK Experience
Normal grants of extension are for a period of three years.
is a need to fill out a FLR(HSMP) form before an applicant's current
leave expires. It is important to prepare for your HSMP extension two
months before your expiration date.
The fee for an FLR(HSMP) application for HSMP extensions is £335.
accordance with the 1961 Council of Europe Charter or the 1996 European
Social Charter (revised), nationals of countries which have signed and
ratified the charter are exempted from the requirement to pay the fee
for FLR(IED) and FLR (HSMP) applications. Therefore, individuals making
applications for IED LTR who are nationals of Albania, Andorra,
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Moldova, the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.
applying for an extension get a two-year ceiling added to the Age
criteria to get the same amount of points as initial applicants.
|29 years of age or under ||20 points|
|30 or 31 years of age || |
|32 or 33 years of age years of age ||5 points|
|34 years of age or over || |
Previous Earning Power
Power will now depend on how long your previous HSMP visa was granted,
rather than the country you were a national of before your initial HSMP
- If your initial HSMP visa was granted for
more than 12 months, then your past gross earnings before tax are based
on a continuous 12 month period during the 15 months immediately prior
to submission for extension.
- If your initial HSMP visa
was for a period less than 12 months, then your previous earnings are
for a continuous 8 month period within the 12 months immediately prior
to submission for extension.
Previous HSMP period greater than 12 months
|Pervious Earnings (12 month earning period)||Points Available|
|£35,000 - £39,000||40|
|£32,000 - £34,999||35|
|£29,000 - £31,999||30|
|£26,000 - £28,999||25|
|£23,000 - £25,999||20|
|£20,000 - £22,999||15|
|£18,000 - £19,999||10|
|£16,000 - £17,999||5|
Previous HSMP period of less than 12 months
|Previous Earnings (8 month earning period)||Points Available|
|£23,300 - £26,499||40|
|£21,300 - £23,299||35|
|£19,300 - £21,299||30|
|£17,300 - £19,299||25|
|£15,300 - £17,299||20|
|£13,300 - £15,299||15|
|£12,000 - £13,299||10|
|£10,650 - £11,999||5|
Those applying for an HSMP Extension can now claim UK Experience under certain conditions:
- The applicant will earn 5 points if the previous HSMP visa was for greater than 12 months and they
earned at least £16,000 from the Previous Earning Power category.
- The applicant will earn 5 points if the previous HSMP visa was
for less than 12 months and they earned at least £10,650 from the
Previous Earning Power category.
HSMP Extension Calculator
You can easily test whether you qualify for an extension by using our HSMP Extension Calculator
Similar to our points calculator used to assess eligibility for first
time applicants, this version is specially tailored for those who wish
to test whether they qualify for an extension. It implements the
requirements described above.
Transitional Arrangements for Those Who Do Not Qualify
be aware that the government has developed transitional arrangements to
aid those that fail to meet the new requirements but are making a
useful contribution to the UK. They are as follows:
Non self-employed persons
working in a skilled job who do not qualify under the new points based
system may be able to seek further leave to remain under the Work
Permits scheme. The requirement for the Resident Labour Market Test
(used to show that there is a labour shortage for the desired work)
will be waived if the applicant has been working for at least eight
months out of a twelve month grant or twelve months out of a
twenty-four month grant.
who are self-employed and fail to acquire the needed 75 points will be
able to have their applications considered under transitional
arrangements for Self Employed Persons included on the FLR(HSMP) form.
If requirements are met, this will be accepted instead of the 75 points
needed to come under HSMP again. Applicants will still be required to satisfy
other immigration requirements such as the English Language test.
There are some important circumstances needed for consideration:
- Your previous HSMP leave was granted before 8 November 2006
- You have failed to meet the required 75 points needed for an HSMP extension on the FLR(HSMP) form
- You are currently self-employed and actively doing business within the UK
it is important that self-employed applicants have set up their own
business within their previous HSMP leave, alone or with others, that
the business has been actively trading for at least the last four
months, and that the business has ongoing contractual/business
commitments that will cover at least the next six months.
will also need to provide evidence such as registration documents
confirming they are registered for tax and provide copies of contracts
and invoices covering the last four months of business or longer. Where
available, copies of documents establishing contractual/business
commitments covering the next six months, and a business plan or
projection covering at least the next six months must also be provided.
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