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Whilst transitional arrangements have been extended for Work Permit holders such as Senior Carers, it will not be possible to extend many immigration categories after the points-based System starts in November.

A number of existing immigration categories will close when tiers 2 and 5 of the points-based system are implemented. After November, anyone in UK under these schemes wishing to extend their stay will have to apply under the points-based system.

The popular TWES (Training and Work Experience scheme) will disappear along with a number of temporary, religious and voluntary schemes. The tough new rules have prompted many migrant workers to seek jobs in more welcoming countries such as Canada, which needs low skilled workers in the fast food industry, the United States of America and Australia.

Under the categories listed below you and/or your employer should take action before Tiers 2 and 5 are introduced, if you want to extend your stay after your current leave expires.

Visiting Religious worker

Religious worker in a non -pastoral role

International Association for the Exchange of Students of Technical Experience (IAESTE)

International Fire Fighter Fellowship Programme

EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme

China Graduate Work Experience programme

Voluntary worker

Exchange teacher or language assistant

Research assistant to a Member of Parliament

Au Pair placement

British Universities North America Club (BUNAC) student

Member of a religious order

Rudolf Steiner concession

Private servant in a diplomatic household

Overseas Government Employee

Work permit holder – Medical Training Initiative (MTI)

Work permit holder – Training and Work Experience Scheme (TWES)

Work permit holder – General Agreement in Trade in Services (GATS)

The Uk Border Agency has published the following useful table which outlines the categories affected by the introduction of tier 2 and 5.

What is my current category?

Which transitional arrangement should I use?

Which type of sponsor licence will my employer require?

Will I be able to make an application to extend my leave after Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points Based System are introduced?

Which application form do I use?

Work permit holder -business and commercial (except senior care workers)

A

Tier 2

Yes

Tier 2

Representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation

A

Tier 2

Yes

Tier 2

Member of airport-based operational ground staff of an overseas owned airline

A

Tier 2

Yes

Tier 2

Jewish Agency Employee

A

Tier 2

Yes

Tier 2

Minister of Religion

B

Tier 2

Yes

Tier 2

Missionary

B

Tier 2

Yes

Tier 2

Work permit holder – sports and entertainments (sportsperson)

C

Tier 2

Yes

Tier 2

Work permit holder – business and commercial (senior care workers)

D

Tier 2

Yes

Tier 2

Visiting Religious worker

E

None

No

FLR(O)

Religious worker in a non -pastoral role

E

None

No

FLR(O)

International Association for the Exchange of Students of Technical Experience (IAESTE)

E

None

No

FLR(O)

International Fire Fighter Fellowship Programme

E

None

No

FLR(O)

EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme

E

None

No

FLR(O)

China Graduate Work Experience programme

E

None

No

FLR(O)

Voluntary worker

E

None

No

FLR(O)

Exchange teacher or language assistant

E

None

No

FLR(O)

Research assistant to a Member of Parliament

E

None

No

FLR(O)

Au Pair placement

E

None

No

FLR(O)

British Universities North America Club (BUNAC) student

E

None

No

FLR(O)

Member of a religious order

F

None

No

FLR(O)

Rudolf Steiner concession

F

None

No

FLR(O)

Private servant in a diplomatic household

F

None

No

FLR(O)

Overseas Government Employee

F

None

No

FLR(O)

Work permit holder – Medical Training Initiative (MTI)

G

None

No

WP1X (your employer) and FLR(IED) (you)

Work permit holder – Training and Work Experience Scheme (TWES)

G

None

No

WP1X (your employer) and FLR(IED) (you)

Work permit holder – General Agreement in Trade in Services (GATS)

G

None

No

WP1X (your employer) and FLR(IED) (you)

Work permit holder – sports and entertainments (entertainer)

H

Tier 2

Yes

Tier 2

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