UK Immigration Announces Changes in Tier1 & Tier 2 Visa
England is civilized, cultured and developed country of the world and it is business hub in Europe. British laws strict regarding visa and visa policies. The UK immigration changes its rules and regulations about immigration from time to time for the betterment of this process and making this system more transparent. The UK made some changes in its immigration rules from April 2015. According to The UK home office stated that there have been some changes in Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the points-based system. These changes would be beneficent for workers and immigrants because they provide positive relief in different categories. These changes also observed in language ability tests and salary package that gives a definite base line for immigrants and workers in the UK.
Tier 1 (General) extensions.
This category has been closed from 6 April 2015 and this period no additional leave to remain in the Tier 1 (General) route will be approved.
Migrants through a Tier 1 (General) visa who wish to stay in the UK may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) pending 6 April 2018. Anyone who does not qualify for ILR will need to apply for additional leave to remain before 5 April 2015.
Due to the imminent closure of Tier 1 (General) extensions, however, the Home Office is no longer restricting extension applications to those with less than 3 months leave enduring.
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
A change is being made to give applicants the choice of the length of visa they wish to apply for (up to the current maximum of five years, or five years and four months in the case of entry clearance applications).
This amend is being made beside the beginning of NHS surcharge payments, due to be implemented from Spring 2015, and means that Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applicants who only desires to come to the UK for a short time in this category will not require to pay the highest leave period extra payments.
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category caters for applicants coming to the UK to set up, get, or be involved in the running of a business in the UK as directors.
Tier 2 changes (Minimum Salary Thresholds)
The minimum salary SOC code salary rates has been changed and average weekly salary up lifted by 1.2% in the 12 months up to November 2014.
The Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (ICT – Short Term) least salary will increase by £300 per annul to £20,800 and £24,800 respectively and Tier 2 (ICT – Long Term) increase to £41,500, up £500 on current salary.
Cooling Off Period
A change is being made to the 12 month “cooling off period” which has prohibited applicants, unless exceptions applied, from being granted Tier 2 leave if they were in the UK with Tier 2 leave within the last 12 months.
Five year experience have been added in shortage occupation lists of England and Scotland, including product manager, data scientist, senior developer and cyber security specialist.