So we have had the announcement from the government to say what changes the will be enforcing from April 2016 to the current UK visa regulations.
The main messages that government have released that will affect students on a Tier 4 visa looking to go to a Tier 2 are as follows:
- Tier 2 minimum salary threshold of £20,800 for new entrants will be maintained
- Tier 4 students switching to a Tier 2 visa will not be subject to a limit on numbers and their sponsor will not have to carry out a Resident Labour Market Test
- the Immigration Skills Charge will be levied on Tier 2 employers at a rate of £1,000 per person per year from April 2017, with a rate of £364 for smaller businesses and charities, and an exemption for PhD occupations, Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Graduate Trainees and Tier 4 students switching to Tier 2
If you want to read all the highlights see the following webpage: