Home Office announces Tier 2 policy changes

In respond to reviews conducted by the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the Home Office announced new changes to the current Tier 2 policies on 24 March 2016.

These new changes, which will be implemented in autumn 2016:
– The minimum salary threshold for experienced Tier 2 General migrants (excluding some health and education professionals) will increase to £25,000 in autumn 2016, and £30,000 in April 2017. The minimum salary threshold for new entrants will remain the current figure of £20,800.
– The number of unrestricted CoS will not be subjected to a limit when applicants switching from Tier 4 General category to Tier 2 visa and the sponsor is not required to carry out a Residence Labour Market Test any more.
– Nurses will remain on the Shortage Occupation List, however, the employers will need to take the Residence Labour Market Test if they wish to recruit non-EEA national nurses.
– In order for qualifying a intra-company transfer visa, all the applicants will need to meet the minimum threshold of £41,500, except for the graduate trainees.
– Tier 2 employers will be charged for recruiting non-EEA migrants from April 2017 based on the Immigration Skills Charge. The rate will be £1,000 per employee per year, and a reduced rate of £364 for small or charitable organisations, unless they recruit PhD occupations, Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Graduate Trainees or Tier 4 students switching to Tier 2.
– The Immigration Rules for work categories will be simplified to help both sponsors and applicants to understand and use.

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