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Changes for Tier 2 migrants

Changes for Tier 2 migrants

Minimum salary increase for Tier 2 General Migrants

This autumn (no date yet announced), minimum threshold for Tier 2 General migrants will increase from the current £20,800 to £25,000 per year.

From April 2017, Tier 2 minimum salary will be £30,000 per year.

These measures are taken to reduce migration from outside the EU and to stop businesses using foreign workers to undercut wages.

Nurses, medical radiographers, paramedics and secondary school teachers in specified subjects will be exempt from the new salary thresholds due to restraint in the budget of the public sector. Extra weight is to be awarded to these professions in the assessment of points in the applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship so as to enhance their chances of approval. These measures will apply until July 2019.

Resident labour market test for nurses

It has been confirmed that nurses will remain on the shortage occupation list. However, employers will have to carry out a resident labour market test before hiring a migrant nurse.

Immigration Skills Charge for Tier 2 sponsors

An Immigration Skills Charge will be introduced in April 2017. Tier 2 sponsors will be charge £1000 per year per certificate of sponsorship. A reduced amount of £364 will apply to small businesses and charities. PhD level occupations, ICT graduate trainees and those switching in country from a Tier 4 visa to Tier 2 will be exempt.

Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer category

This category will be mostly unified and the minimum salary threshold will be £41,500.

Skills transfer category will close for new entrants in autumn 2016. At the same time, minimum salary threshold for the Short Term category will be increased to £30,000. The Short Term category will be closed to new entrants in April 2017.

There will remain the Graduate Trainee category, and their salary threshold will be reduced from £24,800 to £23,000. The employer will be allowed to bring up to 20 trainees to the UK.

ICT migrants paid over £73,900 per year will be exempt from one year experience requirement.

Salary level for ICT migrants permitted to stay up to 9 years in the UK will be reduced from the current £155,300 to £120,000.

From autumn 2016 all ICT migrants will be required to pay the Immigration Heath Surcharge (£200 per year).

Minimum salary for ILR for Tier 2 migrants

At present, the minimum salary requirement for indefinite leave to remain for Tier 2 General migrants is £35,000 a year.

From 6 April 2018, the minimum requirement will be £35,500.

From 6 April 2019 – £35,800;

From 6 April 2020 – £36,200;

From 6 April 2021 – £36,900.

The above requirements do not apply where the migrant was sponsored for a PhD level or a shortage occupation job.

Where the applicant is paid hourly, credit is give to the maximum of 48 hours per week.

Tier 2 Minister of Religion migrants are exempt from the above salary thresholds for indefinite leave to remain.

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