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changes to immigration rules coming into force in November 2016

9 November 2016

A number of changes to the immigration rules will come into force on 24 November 2016, including:

Tier 2 (general):
  • the salary for experienced workers increases to £25,000. An exemption will exist for specified medical and teaching posts until July 2019 and those sponsored before 24 November provided they apply to extend their stay under that category
  • nurses will be retained on the shortage occupation list but a RLMT will be required.

Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer - ICT):

  • the skills transfer sub-category will close to new applicants
  • the salary for new short term ICT applicants is increased to £30,000.

English language:

  • applicants will need to submit an official document from UK NARIC to rely on a degree obtained in a non-majority English speaking country.

Out of time applications for further leave to remain:

These will only be considered if submitted within 14 days of expiry of leave and there must be a good reason for the overstay.

Employers with a Tier 2 sponsor licence are advised to review their current migrant workers and anticipated recruitment from overseas, especially with a view to the potential impact of the increased salary thresholds, which are expected to increase again in April 2017.

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