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Changes in Employment categories

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In 2008 the Government began to introduce its long proposed changes in employment based categories. A points based system was introduced, similar to the previous Highly Skilled Migrant Scheme (HSMP). There are 5 levels of skill, and at the higher levels, permanent residence will be achievable after 5 years. In the lower skill levels, permanent residence will no longer be achievable unless the applicant has some other basis for staying in the UK, eg marriage.