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1. Posted by thejohn (Full Member 13 posts) 9y

The UK is making changes to its work visas starting Feb 29th and being rolled out in stages throughout the year. As I understand it, you will no longer be able to change from a working holidaymaker visa to a highly skilled migrant visa (which will now be know as a Tier 1 Highly Skilled, general sub-category) from within the UK.

I'm currently on the WHV, my question is, now that I have to leave the UK to apply, does anyone have any experience applying for the Highly Skilled Migrant Visa and roughly how long does it take to get it. Should I be making plans to be sitting on the beach in Thailand for 6 weeks while this is processed or worse, do i have to go back home and apply in my home country.

2. Posted by sunset1999 (Full Member 108 posts) 9y


I sent my HSMP application on the 26th Jan. They took the money out of my account on the 5th Feb and now I'm just waiting on whether I got it or not. It's been 4 weeks already and it said on the home office website that 95% of applications would get processed within 5 weeks so hopefully I'll hear back soon.

I applied in NZ. But it says in the home office website that you may not need to leave the country...

Good luck.


3. Posted by travelite8 (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

This thread has been idle for a long time. Hope someone will respond.

Can someone tell if anyone has successfully apply Tier 1 from WHM?

4. Posted by thejohn (Full Member 13 posts) 8y

I'm leaving the UK next week to go to Oz and apply at the end of November (I'm having a holiday first). If anyone in Australia has been successful applying for this I would also be interested to know how long processing times were and anything else that might be of interest.