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UK Home Office Response to Tier 2 Reviews by MAC

April 2016, 02
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UK Government has announced its replies to the two reviews that were made by the Committee on Migration Advisory (MAC).

Tier 2 visa is the key immigration path for the foreign citizens who apply to work in the UK. The planned changes has been balanced for making sure that the employers are incentivized for up skilling and training the resident employees , and also making sure that they could continue to access the migrant employees when required.

The key changes include

The income threshold for the experienced employees would be raised to 25,000 pounds in autumn this year and 30,000 pounds next year. The least income threshold of 20,800 pounds for new comers would be maintained.

Students on Tier 4 visa switching to Tier 2 visa would not be subject to limit on numbers and their sponsor would not had to carry out Resident Labor Market Test.

Nurses would stay on the list of Shortage Occupation, but sponsors would require to carry out the RLMT before hiring a foreign nurse.

The present intra firm transfer conditions are simplified by needing entire intra firm transferees to qualify under visa category with least income threshold of 41,500 pounds with exception of graduate trainees.

PhD occupations, Tier 2 Infra firm Transfer Graduate Trainees and Tier 4 students who are switching to Tier 2 visa are exempted from the Immigration skill charges for Tier 2 employers.

The immigration regulations for categories of work would be simplified, making them easy for the applicants and sponsors to understand and utilize.

These changes would get into effect in multiple stages ie in autumn this year and April next year for making sure that businesses got time to prepare.

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