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Finishing my degree

So the UK has this nifty little program referred to as the Highly Skilled Migrant Program.

Having one would make my life much simpler. Rather than have to worry about getting deported if I'm out of work or being limited to certain types of jobs, the HSMP allows me to live and work in the UK without a work permit.

I wanted to apply for that when I first moved over here. There's an assessment of various qualities about the applicant. One of those assessments was, not surprisingly, whether or not you're highly skilled (hence the cunning name of the program), judged partially in terms of recognition in your field. I thought I might be able to swing that, but unfortunately, another factor was how much money you were paid in the last year. Part of the reason I left my beloved Portland, Oregon is that it's an economic slaughterhouse. Thus, I didn't earn enough money to qualify.

So I figure on a London salary, it's a piece of cake, right?

No! The fuckers changed the program. They no longer consider whether or not you're highly skilled. It's mostly a matter of whether or not you have a Bachelor's degree or better, and get paid a lot.

In other words, it's now the "Highly Paid Migrant Program", but they forgot to change the damned name. Whether or not you are highly skilled is now completely irrelevant. (grrrr ...)

No one can ever qualify for this program without at least a Bachelor's degree. Thus, my dilemma: I need that damned degree. Can anyone recommend an accredited UK university that will let me complete my Bachelor's from home in a reasonable amount of time? I've an Associate's degree from the US (that's a two year degree) and a bit of life experience tucked away (some Unis award credit for that).
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Wow.
I remember looking into Canada's equivalent of that some years back and thinking it was nice that they'd count real-world-experience over a degree. I kind of always assumed the UK had that too. Sad to hear of its sorry state.

Good luck with the degree hunt!
Re: Wow.
Just read through their guide; also worth pointing out, I think, how much age factors into it. I'm only 28 but man, I guess I'm no spring chicken to those Brits; that cuts my "age" credit in half versus a 27-year old me. Guess I missed the boat on that one.

Assuming I started right now, by the time I could get together a Bachelor's the overall benefit of the academic points would be severely undercut since I would have aged into the ostensible netherworld of 31 or 32 at best.
You could always try the Open University or Birkbeck College, London. Both specialise in distance learning, part-time, returning to study, mature students. An 'Associate' degree sounds like what we call a Higher National Diploma, if you qualified in 2 years. Having one of those usually is enough to get you on a half-decent Bachelor's degree course. Good luck.
Does it have to be in the UK? A friend of mine got a CS degree online from Regis University and was pretty happy with the quality of the classes and how much of his work experience they accepted for credit.
Agreed: Regis has great online courses and there are tons of ways to get your "life experience" credited, too. Let me know if you're interested in them.
Masters would be quicker
I'd bet you could get an MSc quicker and easier than a decent BSc - much less 'makework' to get through - 3 semesters full time, maybe 18 months or less part-time.
totally off topic....maybe
you made a very lovely appearance in my dreams last night....hrrrmmm....hehe

thank you for that - do come and (en)join me more often - please!!!

;-)
Re: totally off topic....maybe
Oh, believe me. I would if I could. Too bad we met right before I fled the country.