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UK Home office has announced changes in the visa category of Tier 2

November 2016, 24
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UK Home office has announced changes in the visa category of Tier 2
Under the new rule, all the applications submitted on or after 24th November under the Intra-company transfer will have to be qualified with the new requirement of higher salary threshold of 30,000 pounds from the earlier slab of 20,800 pounds.  This system of Intra Company Transfer ( ICT) is largely used by the UK companies which accounts to almost  90 percent of the visa issued. From the Tier 2 General class the salary threshold for experience workers has been increased to 25,000 pounds with some exemption. Also reduced the Tier 2 (ICT) trainee graduate salary threshold of 23,000 pounds with an increase in the job positions to 20 in a company per year.

ICT Tier 2 Skill transfer sub-category has been closed.

New English language requirement has been introduced to all the nationals other then European Union while applying for settlement taking the five-year route for Residency Settlement. This is applicable to all the family members including the parents whose has ‘Leave to remain ‘in UK under family Immigration rules which is due for expiry on or after 1st May 2017.

UK home office reports that there no initiation to train the UK workforce available instead of taking foreign national , there seem to be no advantage or a long standing benefit  in continuing the present skilled visa system as this is not reciprocated by India were a UK national is being given opportunity to gain skill or experience working in India. UK Home office if expected to further tighten the Tier 2 selection system.

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