19 Mar The statement of changes in Immigration Rules presented to parliament on 16 March 2017
1. Changes relating to applications and validity
-The applicant must make and attend the appointment within 45 business days of submission of the on-line application, rather than 45 calendar days.
-An applicant could only proceed with one outstanding application for leave to remain at a time
2. Changes relating to general grounds for refusal and suitability requirements
-Those applicants who are subject to the restricted leave policy must be refused for leave to remain.
3. Changes relating to overseas criminal record certificate
-In addition to entry clearance applications for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Investor), migrants who are applying Tier 2 (General) visa for working in education, health and social care sectors, as well as their adult dependants, should provide an overseas criminal record certificate.
4. Changes relating to Tier 1 of the Points-Based System
-Tier 1 (Entrepreneur): Clarifying the specified evidence on LLP investment and job creation
-Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur): After the initial round of allocations, the Secretary of State may allocate additional places throughout the remainder of the year, rather than at a fixed point in the autumn
5. Changes relating to Tier 2 of the Points-Based System
– Tier 2 (General): The salary threshold for the majority of experienced workers will increase to £30,000 while the salary threshold for new entrants remains at £20,800; Few changes are being made to the Shortage Occupation List; Tier 4 Students must have satisfied certain study requirements if they wish to switch into Tier 2 (General) in country
-Tier 2 (ICT)：The Short Term Staff sub-category is being closed; Applicants would not be requested to work at least one year for the sponsor’s linked entity overseas if the sponsor paid £73,900 or above; The salary threshold for senior transferees is being reduced to £120,000.
-After 6 April 2017, employers have to pay the Immigration Skills Charge for Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (ICT) worker. The charge will be £1000 per year (for medium or large sponsors) and £364 per year (for small or charitable sponsors).
6. Changes relating to family members of relevant Points-Based System migrants
-The definition of ‘continuous’ is deleted for family members of relevant Points-Based System migrants applying for settlement
7. Changes relating to overstayers
-Unless specific exceptions apply, anyone who has overstayed for more than 30 days (used to be 90 days) is subject to a 12 months re-entry ban.
8. Changes relating to visitor rules
-Visitor visa application could be made at any post in the world which is designated by the Home Secretary.
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