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UNITED KINGDOM – Points Based Calculator to be Discontinued

From 6 April 2016 the Points Based Calculator will no longer be an eligible source to support immigration applications and will be removed from service entirely on 10 April 2016.

What is the Points Based Calculator?

Currently, the calculator is used to assist applicants for UK visas using the Points Based System to determine whether they may be eligible to work or study in the UK.

The Points Based System includes Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5 applications, as well as applications for indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation as a British Citizen.

The calculator also helps to assess whether an overseas academic qualification meets the academic or English language requirements for these visa categories.

What has Changed?

Due to various changes in the immigration rules and application procedures in recent years, the Points Based Calculator has become significantly harder to maintain and is no longer considered a cost-effective tool for the Home Office. As such, it will shortly be discontinued altogether.

Applicants needing to demonstrate that their overseas qualifications meet the English language requirements on or after 6 April 2016 will need to obtain a new official statement from UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre).

UK NARIC is an agency which specialises in providing advice on international vocational, academic and professional qualifications.

Any costs for an English language statement are not part of the government visa fee and will need to be paid directly to UK NARIC for the qualification equivalency services.

Action Items

  • On or after 6 April 2016, applicants for visas via the UK Points Based System needing to determine whether an overseas academic qualification meets the English language requirements must obtain a new official statement from UK NARIC.

The information in this alert was provided by Dearson Winyard, Newland Chase and Definitive.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.