Important changes to the Immigration Rules

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26 / 3 / 2014 9am

The Home Office has issued a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules and Sponsorship Arrangements which come into effect on 6 April 2014. 

What this means for employers?

  • The changes will allow Tier 2 (General) applicants to be granted up to 5 years' leave (opposed to up to 3 years') at a time on payment of a higher fee. This additional category will increase flexibility for sponsors and their applicants.
  • The temporary exemption from the requirement to advertise via Jobcentre Plus that currently exists for NHS positions advertised on NHS jobs is being extended to 1 October 2014 to allow for ongoing technical issues to be resolved.
  • The minimum salary thresholds, salary rates for occupations and maintenance funds thresholds will be updated in Tier 2 and other categories. See table below for current and new threshold amounts:

 Category Criteria Current Threshold New threshold
Tier 2 (General) Jobs which qualify for Tier 2 (General) £20,300 £20,500
Tier 2 (General) Jobs which are exempt from advertising in Jobcentre Plus £71,000 £71,600
Tier 2 (General) Jobs which are exempt from the annual limit and the Resident Labour Market Test £152,100 £153,500

Download the full Statement of Changes.

Further information

For more information on international recruitment and immigration, please visit our suite of dedicated web pages

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