Breakdown of Trust
The Home Office has announced today that it will change the operation of the Tier 2 (General) limit to maximise the number of places which can be allocated each month, within the overall annual limit of 20,700.
The Home Office has announced that within the next few weeks it will be rolling out a full online Tier 2 visa application facility for migrants and their dependants. Currently this facility is only available for Tier 2 applicants and their dependants applying using the Tier 2 priority and postal service.
As the UK economy emerges from recession, it is an exciting time to be doing business here. We have seen a significant increase in clients coming to us following mergers with questions about immigration matters. Whatever the outcome of the 2015 General Election in May, the new Government will be working with a stronger economy and encouraging businesses to invest in the UK which will have an impact on immigration. This blog explores some of the practical considerations in respect of immigration rules that companies should be aware of.
By way of a follow-up note, we wanted to remind you that after 6 April 2015 it will no longer be possible to submit a Tier 1 (General) extension application. All those who are able to do so, should submit their extension application prior to this date in order to ensure they may continue to reside and work in the UK under this category. Applicants will be granted sufficient further leave to bring their total leave up to five years, at which point they will be eligible to apply for settlement, otherwise known as indefinite leave to remain, subject to meeting all the other requirements. Applicants may continue to apply for settlement any time prior to 6 April 2018, after which point it will no longer be possible to obtain settlement in this category.
On 4 March the Home Office announced that they intend to update the salary rates set out in the codes of practiced for skilled employees on 6 April 2014. At the same time they will replace the following Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes with multiple options to correspond with the various job levels within those occupations, as set out in the codes of practice
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