Therefore applications for nationals from Albania,
Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Romania and Turkey will
be free of charge.
Highly Skilled Migrant application delays July 2004
The success of the Highly Skilled Migrant
clearance means that a substantial backlog of cases has built
up and applications are currently taking about 3 months to process.
It is therefore important if considering
making an application to take account of this timing and important
to ensure that their application is fully and correctly completed
before submission. [Highly
Skilled Migrant Programme]
Football Clubs July 2004
Criteria for the forthcoming season (2004/5)
have been published and confirm that
player must have played for his country in at least 75% of its
competitive ‘A’ team matches that he was available
for selection during the two years preceding the application;
national team of the player must be ranked at 70th place or higher
in the FIFA rankings when averaged over the two years preceding
the date of the application.
Provided a player meets these criteria
then the player will be issued with a work permit for the period
of the contract up to a maximum of five years. If a player does
not meet the above criteria then it is open to the club to apply
for a review panel hearing. The club needs to convince the panel
that the player is of the highest calibre and able to contribute
significantly to the development of the game at the top level
in the UK.