The following changes to the business immigration rules are planned to take effect in April this year:
As recommended in the MAC report last year, employers sponsoring Tier 2 migrants will have to pay the Immigration Skills Charge. This new fee will be levied by the Home Office as an upfront charge of £1,000 per licence holder per year.
Foreign nationals with PhD occupations
Tier 2 (ICT – Graduate Trainee) holders
Applicants changing from a Tier 4 (Student) to a Tier 2 (General)
Small businesses and charities will be granted a reduced Immigration Skills Charge rate of £364 per holder per year.
The Tier 2 (ICT – Short Term Staff) visa will be closed to new applications.
The minimum salary threshold for Tier 2 (ICT) higher earners who are able to work in the UK between five and nine years will be reduced from £155,300 to £120,000. In addition, the requirement for at least one year prior experience at the overseas entity will be removed for applicants whose UK salary will be £73,900 or over.
The minimum annual salary threshold for Tier 2 (ICT) applicants to be exempt from the one year prior experience requirement will be decreased to £73,900.
‘High value’ businesses relocating to the UK will be exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test requirements. They will also be prioritised within Tier 2 (General) monthly quota limitations.
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This briefing was posted on 1 March 2017.
Disclaimer: The content of this article does not constitute legal advice but is intended as general guidance only.