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Architects criticise new immigration cap


I was an overseas student of architecture and gained my PG Diploma last December 2010. I am currently waiting for my registration with the ARB. I am currently working for a practice I have been employed by, and affiliated with since my Part 1 studies. I have been here in the UK since I was 19 - for nearly 9 years, I have gone through the full process of gaining an architectural qualification. However now, due to the tightening Immigration policies, I am experiencing difficulty in applying for my visa that would allow me to keep my employed status here in the UK. The difficulty is mainly in the fact that the system is designed to disregard any professional trainees, and sets impossible salary brackets. We are subjected to a self-assessment using a 'points-based calculator' - where I can score points for my Masters degree but not my qualification as an Architect (the profession is not even found on their database!) Have a go yourself: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/pointscalculator I chose to come here to the UK to study architecture and qualify, with the full intention of practicing here and gaining experience, to further my career. To have to leave my current employment and life here is upsetting, unsettling, and incomprehensible - to say the least. I believe the system is flawed, and disregards perfectly sound, intelligent, focused people that have invested time, money, and their lives in the hope of pursuing further success. It somewhat bears light on the ignorance of the lawmakers on the architectural profession, and how much is put into becoming an Architect.

Posted date

9 February, 2011

Posted time

10:50 pm