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Changes to Tier 2 and ILR rules Dec 2017

Tier 2 (General)

The following changes are being made to the Tier 2 scheme:

• Flexibility is being introduced to enable students to apply to switch to Tier 2 after their studies as soon as they have completed their courses. Currently non PhD students cannot apply to switch within the UK until they have received their final results.

• Exemptions from the Resident Labour Market Test are being added for posts to be held by researcher applicants who are recipients of supernumerary research Awards and Fellowships, and for established research team members sponsored by either a Higher Education Institution or a Research Council.

• Pay rates for health sector workers are being brought into line with pay scales in England and each of the devolved administrations, and consolidated in a new table.

• Provision is being made to allow nurses to be sponsored under Tier 2 if they are undertaking an approved programme with a view to returning to practice.

• A provision that is currently set out in the Sponsor Guidance is being incorporated, which restricts how far a migrant’s start date may be put back before it becomes a prohibited change (ie 4 weeks). The restriction now applies only to Tier 2 (General) Migrants, and only to any changes to start date which occur after leave has been granted.

Changes to indefinite leave to remain in work categories

The requirement to have had absences from the UK of no more than 180 days per year in order to qualify for settlement, which currently applies to main applicants, is being extended to partners of Points-Based System Migrants. To ensure that this requirement does not have retrospective effect, only absences from the UK during periods of leave granted under the rules in place from 11 January 2018 will count towards the 180 days.

If you need Immigration legal assistance with your Tier 2 sponsorship licence application or your permanent residency application, please contact us.

Express Online Checking Service – from £250

Express Checking Service clinic every Thursday – From £250 – EEA (PR), SET (O), SET (M), Tier 1 G, Tier 2, PBS dependant, Entry Clearance Applications.

Our express Checking Service is an optional service, which is available for a fee of £250 to £450 to applicants using the SET (O), SET (M), Tier 1, Tier 2, PBS dependant, Entry Clearance, application forms only.

This service is available by formal instruction only.

This service includes:

– checking you qualify under the immigration rules;
– checking you have filled the relevant form correctly;
– checking you have included the necessary documents;
– for Tier 2, checking that the certificate of sponsorship has been issued correctly, with the correct SOC code; and
– ensure your application is valid.

As part of our assessment, we will address issues such as criminal records, prolonged and / or unpaid absences, maintenance, self-employment, missing documents, unpaid NHS bills, recourse to public funds, SA200 discrepancies,..etc

Following our assessment you will be provided with a checking data sheet report including our comments and advice.

If following our report, you need further assistance from us, you will be charged the fees for the full service which will vary depending of the type of application you are filing.

The Checking Service will give you reassurance and peace of mind that your application is complete and correct.

Using the Checking Service does not guarantee your application will be successful as ultimately the decision lies with authorities.

For further information please contact us.