Nasscom nod to UKs new PBS on work permits, ICTs

Written by Economy Bureau | Chennai, Aug 27 | Updated: Aug 28 2008, 05:56am hrs
National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has expressed its support to the new point based system (PBS) being introduced by the UK government, which will govern intra-company transfers and work permits. Going forward, Nasscom also advised its member companies to register for the new PBS system which is being introduced on a priority basis.

The new system will transform the immigration process and operationally make it more efficient, in addition to simplifying this for companies. The UK Home offices PBS is applicable to all companies which employ workers in the UK. This is very critical given the UK Home offices announcements on October 1, 2008 being the last date of applications and November 24, 2008 as the date when the new system goes live.

From now on anyone wanting to go to or remain in the UK on an Intra-company transfer (ICT) or work permit will need to show that he/she has enough points to qualify under the new PBS.

Nasscom, as a part of its Global Trade Development initiative, has been working with the UK government to improve the UK immigration policies. The points based system, to be implemented later this year is a culmination of these efforts.