Update – Tier 2 Rule Changes 2016

Tier 2 Changes – Update

Update – Earlier this year the Home office announced reforms to the Tier 2 route for skilled workers following recommendation by the Migration Advisory Committee’s report October 2015. The changes came about on 24th November 2016. Further changes affecting the Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) Skills Transfer route will be announced in in due course.

The following changes took place on 24th November 2016:

  • Increasing the Tier 2 (General) salary threshold for experienced workers to £25,000. Please note there will be some who are exempted from this threshold.
  • The salary threshold for Short Term Staff in in the Tier2 Intra Company Transfer category will rise to £30,000.
  • Reducing the salary threshold for Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer category for graduate trainees to £23,000 and increasing the annual number of places per company to 20.
  • Closing the Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Skills Transfer sub category.

Additionally, minor changes affecting other categories of the Points Based System including Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Exceptional Talent, Tier 2 (General) applications, Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme quotas and Tier 5 Maintenance funds will take place over the coming months.

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