Recently, we have been reporting on UK Immigration policy changes regarding international students. This time we list the changes in immigration rules that will affect other visa categories (work, highly skilled and family) and requirements for applicants to those categories.
Most of the following changes affect applications made on or after 19 November 2015.
- EU nationals will not be able to make asylum claims, unless exceptional circumstances apply.
- Clarifying the circumstances in which refugee status will be withdrawn.
- Indefinite leave and naturalisation applicants, who normally rely on an English language qualification, will need to take a Secure English Language Test.
- The introduction of the £35k minimum earnings threshold for Tier 2 settlement, which will come into force on 6 April 2016.
- Child’s application for entry clearance will be refused where the Secretary of State considers that the sponsor or the sponsor’s partner poses a risk to the child.
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) of the Points Based System
- Criteria through which Tech City UK endorses Exceptional Talent applicants has been amended to better reflect the skills and experience of target applicants who are most likely to add value to the UK digital technology sector.
Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points Based System
- Four jobs in the digital technology sector (product manager, data scientist, senior developer and cyber security specialist) are being added to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), alongside nursing
- Clarification of the charity worker rules for sponsors and applicants.
- Setting the annual allocation of places available under the Youth Mobility Scheme for 2016.
- Minor amendments to the list of Government Authorised Exchange Schemes.
For information visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-rules-statement-of-changes