The re-announced Tiers 2 and 5 refer to skilled workers, respectively temporary workers. 29 October 2008. Phil Woolas, Minister of State for borders and immigration, announced the go live date 27 November 2008 for tiers 2 and 5 of the points-based system.
Tier 2, relating to skilled workers, replaces the current work permit scheme. Tier 5 covers temporary workers entering the United Kingdom for a short period.
Applications for work permits posted after 27 November 2008, when the Tiers 2 and 5 are introduced, will not be accepted (unless you are a Bulgarian or Romanian national). If you already have a work permit you should continue to apply for leave to enter or remain under the immigration rules relating to work permits, which will remain in force after Tier 2 and Tier 5 are launched.
If you are currently on a multiple entry work permit, you cannot apply under the transitional arrangements. If you want to continue working in the United Kingdom after your current leave expires, you must return to your normal country of residence and make a fresh application. This application will be subject to the full points-based system criteria.
From 27 November 2008 employers wishing to bring non-European Economic Area migrants to the United Kingdom under tiers 2 and 5 will need to be a licensed sponsor. Sponsors will be responsible for issuing certificates of sponsorship to migrants and ensuring that their sponsor obligations are fulfilled. Migrants can then use the certificate of sponsorship to apply for entry clearance.
If you have not yet applied for a sponsor’s licence and wish to bring in migrants under tiers 2 and 5 you need to apply for your licence as soon as possible.
If you are a potential or registered sponsor, here you can you can find full details of the points-based system www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/employers/points/