The Immigration Skills Charge – 6th April 2017
Skills Charge – Businesses who employ foreign workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) through the Tier 2 visa routes for Skilled Workers and Intra Company Transfer be aware that subject to parliamentary approval, the charge will be rolled out on 6th April 2017.
The Surcharge is designed to encourage businesses to source their skilled work force from the UK resident labour market and to invest money into apprenticeship training for their employees. The skills charge will also help reduce the burden of tax from the Immigration System.
Unless otherwise listed below, all businesses will be required to pay £1000 per Tier 2 migrant per year.
Those who are exempted from paying:
- Small and Charitable sponsors will only pay £364 per migrant / year.
- Occupations skilled to PHD Level.
- Intra Company Transfer Graduate Trainee Category.
- Tier 4 switching into Tier 2
- Croatian Nationals.
If you employ a large workforce and you are unsure of what implications the skills charge has for your business please get in contact with one of our Business Immigration Team.