Immigration Review April 2017

A controversial Immigration Skills Charge for many Tier 2 Visa holders is about to be introduced from 6 April, 2017 up to £1,000 a year depending on the size of the employer. This change to UK visa policy will make it even more expensive and difficult for employers with Tier 2 Sponsorship Licences wishing to employ non-EEA migrants on Tier 2 visas.

According to a report published in the Hindustan Times, Indian nationals secured almost 60% of the Tier 2 skilled worker visas granted by the UK in the year ending September 2016. This is during the time when UK visa numbers fell to their lowest level since 2014.

Employers need to have both a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence and a Certificate of Sponsorship for each employee they need to employ on Tier 2 Visas. The figures were released by the UK government on 23 February

The controversial Immigration Skills Charge for many Tier 2 Visa holders is about to be introduced from 6 April 2017.  This change to UK visa policy will make it even more expensive and difficult for employers with tier 2 sponsorship licences wishing to employ non-EEA migrants on Tier 2 visas.   To potentially save thousands of pounds it may be worth considering applying in March 2017 and hopefully avoid the immigration skills charge.

It also seems that the Government is thinking of imposing this UK visa skills levy in future to employers employing EU nationals.  Prime Minister, Theresa May, has sought to distance herself from a proposal put forward by UK immigration minister, Robert Goodwill. Mr Goodwill recently told government peers that the introduction of a £1,000 immigration skills levy payable by companies hiring EU migrants would be ‘helpful to British workers who feel they are overlooked in favour of migrants.’

 

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