A number of changes to the Immigration Rules came into effect on 24 November 2016. They include:
- The Tier 2 (General) minimum salary threshold for experienced workers has increased to £25,000 (with a further increase to £30,000 expected in April 2017).
- Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) minimum salary for short-term staff has increased to £30,000, while the minimum salary for graduate trainees was reduced to £23,000 and the number of places a sponsor can use has increased from five to 20 a year.
- The Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) skills transfer sub-category has closed to new applicants.
Additionally, the immigration skills surcharge of £1,000 a year for each sponsored employee is expected to come into force in April 2017. The current exemption from the immigration health surcharge for Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) migrants will cease at some point, although the date has not been announced.
Employers with a Tier 2 sponsor licence should now review their current migrant workers and future requirements together with the impact of these increased salary thresholds.
If you need any advice on these changes and how it may affect your business, please contact a member of the Employment Team.