The Introduction of the Immigration Skills Charge 6th April 2017 – Subject to Parliamentary Approval
Businesses who employ foreign workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) through the Tier 2 visa routes for Skilled Workers and Intra Company Transfer be aware that subject to parliamentary approval, the Immigration Skills Charge will be rolled out on 6th April 2017.
The Immigration Skills Charge is designed to encourage businesses to source their skilled work force from the UK resident labour market and to invest money into apprenticeship training for their employees. The skills charge will also help reduce the burden of tax from the Immigration System.
Unless otherwise listed below, all businesses will be required to pay £1000 per Tier 2 migrant per year.
Those who are exempted from paying the Immigration Skills Charge:
- Small and Charitable sponsors will only pay £364 per migrant / year
- Occupations skilled to PHD Level
- Intra Company Transfer Graduate Trainee Category
- Tier 4 switching into Tier 2
- Croatian Nationals
If you employ a large workforce and you are unsure of what implications the skills charge has for your business please get in contact with one of our Corporate Immigration advisers.