From 2008 onwards the rules relating to entry and stay in the United Kingdom for economic reasons and for study were overhauled and a 'Points Based System' on the Australian model1 was incrementally introduced into the Immigration Rules to replace a number of previous immigration schemes2.
The Points Based System nominally comprises five tiers (not all of which are operational). Tier 1 accommodates exceptionally talented migrants, entrepreneurs and investors3. Tier 2 accommodates skilled workers with a job offer and includes sub-categories for ministers of religion, sportspersons and intracompany transfers4. Tier 3 has never been implemented, but was originally designed for
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