Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維 (webcowgirl) wrote,
Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維
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HSMP frou fraw

So I heard from the attorney who's handling my case yesterday. They said that these applications are taking three months now and that they may need my passport for that entire time, which would affect whether or not I could travel to Italy with my sister.

I am in a bit of a tizzy about this.

Anyway, here's the full list of documents etcetera requested in case some other poor sap going through this process finds this post, and also so I can refer to it this weekend while I am getting the paperwork together. God, I hope I brought my diploma over with me!
Please find below advice regarding an application under Tier 1 of the Points Based System.

General Eligibility Criteria
Under the criteria for the Tier 1 (General Migrants), all applications, including the extension applications, are assessed principally on a points based system. Points may be scored across a number of categories, the relevant ones in your case are qualifications, previous earnings and UK experience. Furthermore, you need to satisfy the mandatory English Language requirement. As we discussed, you will also need to provide evidence that you have funds of at least £800 per month over a three-month period. In order to satisfy the requirements for extension under the Tier 1 (General Migrants), you need to accrue at least 95 points in relation to these categories.

I set out below details of each of the relevant point scoring categories.

Qualifications
Points are awarded in this section for the highest graduate or post graduate academic or vocational / professional qualification that the applicant has obtained.

With regard to evidence, please forward me:
• Your original degree certificate showing the date of award, the title of award, the name of the awarding institution and your name. A 'provisional' degree certificate will not be sufficient.

Previous earnings
Points are awarded in this category on a sliding scale depending on the amount that the applicant earned during a single period of up to 12 months out of the 15 months immediately prior to the application. The Tier 1 (General Migrants) earnings criterion is divided into several country groups and, depending on the country where the applicant has earned their salary, the points will be awarded accordingly.

With regard to evidence, please forward me:
• original letter from your employers confirming your gross salary for the last 12 months and that this income was taxed at source;
• your original wage slips for the last 12 months to date. If these wages slips are only available on-line, each must be printed and be stamped and signed in original by your employer as correct and genuine (preferably by the same signatory as for the letter reference above);
• your original latest income tax return form, P60. The tax returns should be issued or endorsed by the UK tax authorities;
• original (or endorsed and signed in original) bank statements covering the period of for the last 12 months to date showing your salary payments.

This evidence seem excessive but here is currently a lot of debate over what documentation will be acceptable to evidence salary and , as such, it is better to be safe than sorry by submitting as much documentation as possible, particularly as salary is so important to you having a successful application.

UK Experience
Points are awarded for UK experience gained either by working in the UK. 5 points will be awarded if your earnings claimed under the 'Previous Earnings Category' were earned in the UK. A maximum of 5 points can be scored in this category.

English language requirement
In order to satisfy the mandatory requirements of the Tier 1 (General Migrants) extension application you need to demonstrate your English language ability.

You will satisfy this requirement if you can produce a Bachelor's/Master's or PhD qualification from an English-speaking country. This document needs to meet the NARIC standard. In addition, you may claim points if you are national of a majority English speaking country or you have passed an English language test. As I understand you have obtained a degree from as US university, you should meet this requirement.

With regard to evidence, please forward me:
• your original degree certificate confirming your name, the qualification obtained, the date of the award (referenced above).

Funding requirement
In order to satisfy the mandatory requirements of the Tier 1 (General Migrants) extension application you need to produce evidence that you have at least £800 in funds which are readily accessible to you.

With regard to evidence, please forward me:
• original (or endorsed and signed in original) bank statements covering the last 3 months to date showing your salary payments (these may be the same account as referenced above, or a different account).

Age
Points are awarded in this section on a sliding scale depending on the applicant’s age at the time the application is received by the UK immigration authorities. 20 points are awarded if the applicant is aged 30 or under, 10 points if the applicant is 30 or 31 and 5 points if they are 32 or 33. No points are awarded if the applicant is aged 34 or over.

With regard to evidence, please forward me:
• your original long form birth certificate or original full driving licence.

All documentation that is not in English must be translated by an official translator. Confirmation of any official translation should also be provided. If any translation required we can assist.

This documentation should be sufficient to demonstrate that you satisfy the Tier 1 (General Migrants) criteria. However, once I have reviewed the documentation, if I require anything further, I will let you know. Please also let me know if you will be unable to obtain any of the documentation set out above and I will advise what alternative documentation may be acceptable.

Once I have received all the required documentation, I will prepare the draft the application and forward the relevant application form to you for your review. Once you have approved and signed the form, please courier it to me. As soon as I receive the signed form, I will immediately submit the application to the UK Border Agency (UKBA), the UK government agency that administers the Tier 1 (General Migrants) scheme.
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