So we have heard from the UK Visas and Immigration regarding the changes that will take effect from April 2017 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 for graduates of £20,800 referred to as “new entrants” will be maintained, although you must check the Codes of Practice RQF level 6 or the amount stated on the SOC Code for their role, whichever is the higher figure https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-j-codes-of-practice-for-skilled-work
- 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
- The minimum “Experienced worker” rate goes up to £30,000 p.a. (or the amount stated on the SOC Code for their role, whichever is the higher figure).
- If you want to read all the highlights see the following webpage: http://www.ukvisas.co.uk/news/2017-01-19-new-changes-coming-in-on-6-april
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