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Tier 2 Immigration Route Changes Announced

On 3rd November 2016, the Home Office has announced the changes to the Tier 2 (general) Immigration route. The changes to the immigration route will affect a number of categories and will take place later in autumn 2016 and in April 2017. The government’s announcement confirms that, it will be implementing the majority of the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) recommendations.

The changes announced in the Tier 2 Immigration Route are part of the Government's plans to minimise Britain's reliance on migrant workers and will have major effect on immigrants and employers in the UK.

The main changes included in the Tier 2 (general) immigration route are outlined below:

  • An increase to the Tier 2 (General) salary threshold from £20,800 to £25,000 for experienced workers. Paramedics, nurses and medical radiographers are exempt from salary threshold increases until 2019
  • Reduction in the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) graduate trainee salary threshold from £24,800 to £23,000 and increase in the number of places from 5 to 20 per company per annum.
  • An increase to the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) salary threshold for short-term staff to £30,000.
  • Eliminate the Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) skills transfer sub-category.
  • Nurses will remain in the Shortage Occupation List, but sponsors will need to carry out a Resident Labour Market Test (RMLT) before hiring a non-EEA national nurse.

These changes will come into force for all application made on or after 24 November 2016.

From April 2017, an Immigration Skills Charge will be introduced on Tier 2 employers at a rate of £1,000 per year for every person sponsored. There will be an exemption for PhD occupations, Tier 4 students switching to Tier 2 and Tier 2 (ICT - Graduate Trainees).

Tier-4 changes

A number of changes are being made in Tier 4, including modifications to the academic progression rule, UK qualifications used as evidence, maintenance requirements for the Doctorate Extension Scheme and confirmation of overseas qualifications, and a series of minor and technical adjustments.

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