Update on UKBA’s immigration policy

Important changes to the Immigration Rules
As of 6 September 2013, a written ministerial statement was laid in Parliament outlining a number of changes to the Immigration Rules.
These changes will come into effect on 1 October 2013, which include:
  • removing the English language requirement for intra-company transferees (Tier 2 ICT);
  • making it easier for graduate entrepreneurs to switch into Tier 2;
  • waiving share ownership restrictions for some senior staff; and
  • allowing some students to work as interns under the Tier 5 government authorised exchange scheme.
Tourist and business visitors will benefit from the following changes:
  • Allowing tourists and business visitors to do some study where it is not the main purpose of their visit.
  • Expanding the activities a business visitor can do in the UK.
  • Removing the prospective student route.
Further changes include:
  • expanding checks to ensure applicants for work and student visas are genuine, and that they intend to meet the conditions of leave they apply for;
  • introducing powers to refuse Tier 4 extension applications where the applicant cannot speak English;
From 28 October 2013, migrants who apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the English language as well as passing Life in the UK test.