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Immigration and Visa Changes in the UK in October

September 2013, 12
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After plenty of parliamentary debate, the UK will shortly introduce a number of changes to visa and immigration regulations which will ultimately change UK visa requirements. On the 1st October, businesses and workers will be offered more flexibility when it comes to visas, and further changes will be made on the 28th October when applicants for indefinite leave will be required to pass a test on the English language and UK life. This is much like the current system that the US has in place.
UK Immigration and Visa Application
On the 1st October, several changes will be made. Some of the main ones include:
  • Removing the current English language requirement for intra-company transfers
  • Waiving share ownership restrictions for some
  • Allowing some students to work as interns as part of their visa
Effect on Indian visas and immigration
One of the most significant changes to UK visa requirements, especially to Indian citizens is that visitors will now be allowed under new regulations to study, even if it is not the main reason that they are visiting the UK. Furthermore, business visitors will have more freedom when it comes to the activities they can do as well.
With this in mind, there are some harsher restrictions being put in place as well that could affect some of the Indian community. For instance, more checks will be made for the conditions of leave, and there will also be further powers that will allow immigration to refuse applications where the person cannot speak English, which means understanding the language will now be imperative to a successful application.
Applicants under tier 1 increased
There will also be changes to Youth Mobility Scheme applications in the new UK visa requirements. The quota of successful applicants under tier 1 will be increased, and those with exceptional talent or promise in the arts will be encouraged to apply for one. Furthermore, Hong Kong will be added to the list of countries that can be accepted for the UK Mobility Scheme Visas.
The Immigration Minister Mark Harper has praised the moves made by the powers that be and has said that the changes have been made because they “work in the national interest” and they “support growth”. He noted that one of the main changes being introduced was that the switch from the Graduate Entrepreneur Visa to the Skilled Workers Visa will be easier, and this will allow the “best global talent to stay in the UK to work”.

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