Changes in immigration rules made easy to read 🙂
Download as a PDF: Immigration Rules Changes Affecting TIER 2 of the PBS
In the picture above you can read all the major (dark blue) and minor changes (light blue) concerning Tier 2 Visas: the route for skilled workers with a job offer.
The major changes concern the Long Term Staff of the Intra-Company Transfer Category as well as the General Category. Note that there has been relaxation of conditions for Graduate on a post-study visa looking to switch into tier 2 and dependents of Tier 2 applicants.
In a nutshell, the UK Government is supporting business by allowing very senior intra-company transferees to extend their stay for up to nine years (other transferees are restricted to a maximum of five years); making provision for barristers to apply in tier 2; relaxing conditions for tier 2 visa holders to take up supplementary employment and making the operation of “cooling off periods” more flexible for migrants who leave the UK before their leave expires.
At the same time, it raises requirements for Long Term Staff and General Tier 2 Categories in terms of qualifications (minimum level 6 now); in terms of salary threshold for Long Term Staff only (£40,000 now), with some exceptions depending on when you applied.
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