As is commonly the case, the Home Office has announced various rule changes set to be introduced from October 2019. The statement of changes runs to some 102 pages but in this update we look at the key changes to be aware of for Tier 2.
The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) released its co-operation guidance on 6 August. Louise Hodges, Head of Kingsley Napley’s criminal team, commented on this release in GIR, Law360, CRD & The Law Society Gazette
Members of our immigration team were delighted to contribute to the new International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Immigration 2017 which has just been published.
On 10 June 2019, we reported that the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended to the government a significant expansion of the shortage occupation list. Pleasingly, in what must have been one of his last actions as Home Secretary before becoming the new Chancellor, Sajid Javid announced on 23 July 2019 that the government will be accepting the MAC’s recommendations in full.
Tier 2 sponsors considering applications for certain scientific, teaching, tax and architectural roles will be pleasantly surprised by the rule change announced yesterday in an addendum to the Tier 2 guidance. The Home Office has admitted that the March 2019 changes to the minimum expected salary rates for these types of roles were incorrect. In fact, all the figures stated should have been lower.
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