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Update – Tier 2 Rule Changes 2016

Update - Tier 2 Rule Changes 2016

Tier 2 Changes – Update

Update – Earlier this year the Home office announced reforms to the Tier 2 route for skilled workers following recommendation by the Migration Advisory Committee’s report October 2015. The changes came about on 24th November 2016. Further changes affecting the Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) Skills Transfer route will be announced in in due course.


The following changes took place on 24th November 2016:

  • Increasing the Tier 2 (General) salary threshold for experienced workers to £25,000. Please note there will be some who are exempted from this threshold.
  • The salary threshold for Short Term Staff in in the Tier2 Intra Company Transfer category will rise to £30,000.
  • Reducing the salary threshold for Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer category for graduate trainees to £23,000 and increasing the annual number of places per company to 20.
  • Closing the Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Skills Transfer sub category.

Additionally, minor changes affecting other categories of the Points Based System including Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Exceptional Talent, Tier 2 (General) applications, Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme quotas and Tier 5 Maintenance funds will take place over the coming months.


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Marriage Visa UK – Getting Married?

Marriage Visa UK

Want to get married in the UK?

Marriage Visa UK – If you are a couple and you intend to get married in the United Kingdom you may want to apply for permission to enter the UK known as Entry Clearance. Entry Clearance applies to people who are nationals from outside the EEA. If you do not need a visa to visit the UK ie you are from the United States, you are still required to apply for Entry Clearance for  the purpose of marriage or civil partnership in the UK. Continue reading Marriage Visa UK – Getting Married?

10 Recommended Tips – Your UK Visa Application

10 Recommended Tips - Your UK Visa Application
10 Recommended Tips – Your UK Visa Application

10  recommended tips provided by our Consultants for you to think about before you submit your UK Visa application

“Organisation is key. What  is the caseworker looking for? Make it easy for them to find by making your application – review friendly ”  

James Kennedy (Senior Immigration Adviser at The Visa Office)

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Tier 2 Visa Changes 2016

 Tier 2 Visa Changes 2016

Tier 2 Visa Changes 2016

Tier 2 Visa Changes 2016

The Home Office has confirmed that the MAC Review on policy recommendations will be implemented in autumn 2016 and April 2017. The following changes are policy. The Migration Advisory Committee were commissioned by UKVI to advise on restricting Tier 2, to skills shortages and experts who specialise within their respective fields.

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Points Based System Calculator – Need an Assessment 02078368505

Points Based System Calculator

Important Notice:  The Points Based System Calculator has now been removed from the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The Points Based System Calculator is an assessment tool which helps applicants identify their eligibility to meet the points requirements for a work or study visa. It may only be used for Points Based System visa applications under Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Due to the varying complexities and evolution of the UK immigration rules, particularly in the most recent years. The Points Based System Calculator no longer serves a significant purpose for the assessment of verifying an applicant under the Points Based System.

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UK Visa Application fees set to rise on 18th March 2016

UK Visa Application fees set to rise
UK Visa Application fees set to rise

UK Visa Application fees set to rise in March 2016

UK Visas and Immigration has introduced new visa application and service fee changes for 2016. These fee changes are said to reflect a self-funding system while simultaneously maintaining a competitive level of service to the general public.

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Recommended changes Tier 2 Skilled Workers & Tier 2 Intra Company Transferees

Recommended changes Tier 2
Recommended changes Tier 2

Recommended changes Tier 2

The Migration Advisory Committee advise the government on Migration to the UK, particularly under the worker routes. They have set out this years’ recommendations to the government for the Tier 2 category. Usually if the government is in agreement with these recommendations please expect to see changes to the rules on or after the 6th April 2016.

Please note these changes may not occur retrospectively, therefore anyone who currently holds Tier 2, its unlikely they will be affected. Usually these recommendations are for new applicants or those applying to extend their Tier 2 visa. We will know much more on 6th April 2016.

Recommended Changes Tier 2

1. Recommendations – Salary Thresholds

The Advisory Committee has recommended that the overall minimum salary threshold reflects the skill requirement of NQF6+. Therefore the recommended salary threshold may be as follows:

Tier 2 (General)

Experienced £30,000
New Entrants £23,000

Tier 2 Intra Company Transferees

Long Term – Conventional £41,500
3rd Party Contracting £41,500
Short Term – Graduate Trainee £23,000
Skills Transfer £30,000
Short Term (Conventional) £30,000
Third Party contracting £41,500

2. Recommendations – Immigration Skills Surcharge

The Migration Advisory Committee has recommended that the government introduce an Immigration Skills Charge – The charge will be an upfront cost payable at the time the Migrants Certificate of Sponsorship is issued.

The charge per year for employing a skilled individual should be enough to have a significant impact on the employers’ decision making processes for employing a Non-EU Migrant.

Please note that the HM Treasury will determine the level of the Immigration Skills Charge and how the revenue will be spent. The Migration Advisory Committee has advocated £1,000 per Tier 2 migrant per year.

3. Recommendations – Restrictions to Tier 2 (General)

Tier 2 will not be limited to a list of genuine skills shortages and highly specialist expertise. The Resident Labour Market Test should be rolled out to In-country switchers from Tier 1, 4 & 5. The annual Tier 2 limit will be increased to accommodate this.

They would like to see a regular review of the Shortage Occupations list (SOL)  to ensure the list is still relevant and companies which fall under SOL may be asked to provide evidence on their recruitment drives in order to demonstrate that they are actively trying to resolve the shortages within their sector.

4. Recommendations – Restrictions to Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfers)

The amount of prior experience required for a candidate applying for Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer should be raised to 24 months, however this should not apply to the graduate and skills transfers route.

All ITC’s should pay the Immigration Health surcharge to bring it inline with all other visa applications.

The Home Office and HMRC to join forces in establishing whether allowances and payment of National Insurance contributions are not being undercut.

Third Party Contracting – MAC would like to see a separate route for third party contracting to be established.

5. Recommendations – Restrictions to Tier 2 Dependants

NO  RECOMMENDATIONS FOR Tier 2 DEPENDANTS

Please click on the following link for the full Tier 2 Executive Summary please click Recommended changes Tier 2.

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