My husband and me are looking out for some job opportunities in UK. My husband is having Masters degree from very well known institution in India and having 7 years of experience as Interaction Designer(User Experience team). I am Bachelor of commerce and have done post graduate diploma in computer science and having 5 years of experience in Java/J2EE. We both work for big MNCs in India.
I tried to check our abilities to qualify for HSMP thru free assessment calculators available on web and we both are qualified. Can anyone answer below : - 1. how difficult is to get HSMP? Usually how much time it takes to process HSMP? 2. what are its fees? 3. Do we have to have offer in hand before applying for HSMP? 4. How is the job market for J2EE as well as USer Experience? 5. Can spouse is eligible to work in UK, if goes there as dependent? 6. What is the longest duration that we can live there in UK?
Thanks in advance. Gauri [ October 15, 2007: Message edited by: Gauri S ]
1 and 2. Its not at all difficult to get HSMP. You have to get all your documents in place and apply directly to the HSMP office in the UK. There is no need to go through consultants. It takes about 4 to 5 weeks (normally) to get a decision on your application. It might take more time if there is any difficulty in your case(where the Home office(UK) are not happy with your documents and carry out further checks). you can get more details on this web page
3. No, you dont need to have an offer before applying to HSMP. Infact you dont need an offer to come to UK too(on HSMP). But it always helps to know your marking in the UK and mention its details in the application
4. The J2EE market is fairly positive for the right candidates. But as the year end approches, number of jobs on the market will fall. The best time would be Feb-March
5. Dependents are eligeble to work when the spouse is on HSMP
6. Coming to UK on HSMP is a 2 stage process. Getting the HSMP approval and getting the Entry Clearance (read visa). Once you have the HSMP approved, Entry clearalce can be given initially UPTO a maximum of 2 years. You would need to get the HSMP extended at the end of 2 years. According to the current process, you will be issued a further 3 year's visa. At the end of 5 years (2+3), you can apply for permnent residency. UK is moving towards a points based immigration system from early next year. Things could change .
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Thanks a lot for detailed information. I am from India. Can you please let me know exactly what documents are needed . I want to apply under Master category and past income. Do we need to get some short of document from university.(Can we avoid this) Thanks again.
if you are claiming points under master degree category, you need to submit the Master Degree certificate in original
You need to provide a letter from the university where you did your BACHELOR'S DEGREE that the medium of instruction was English. If you want to avoid going to the university for this, you will have to take IELTS exam and pass it with a minimum 6 band score.