Changes to Tier 2 visas, November 2015

Changes to Tier 2 – Premium Service Centre

Since 12 November 2015, applicants who submit their application for consideration via the Premium Service Centre, can only now submit applications online, as the paper application form will be removed from the gov.uk website. The completed online application must be send off to the Home Office afterwards.

Changes to Tier 2 – Dependants

The above will also apply to Tier 2 Dependants, the paper form will be removed and substituted by the online service. In respect of Tier 1 and Tier 5 dependants, the paper format application will remain as it was.


New Rule changes in effect from November 2012

A host of changes to the immigration rules came into force on 22 November 2012. They include the following:

  • A lowering of the English language requirement for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) from level C1 (advanced) to level B1 (intermediate), in line with other points-based system categories. This change is being made in response to concerns that the high requirement was a possible deterrent to potentially successful entrepreneurs;
  • Ending switching from Tier 4 into Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) unless the migrant has £50,000 funding from a specified source (registered venture capitalist firms, UK Government Departments – which we are expanding to also include Devolved Administration Departments – or listed seed funding competitions);
  • The curtailment of a Tier 1 (Investor) migrant’s leave if they fail to maintain the required level of investment for the duration of their leave;
  • An increase in the maximum stay in the UK for senior intra-company transferees earning £150,000 or above from 5 years to 9 years;
  • A change to the operation of the Tier 2 ‘cooling off period’ rule to increase flexibility for some migrants who leave the UK before their visas expire and wish to return 12 months later;
  • The introduction of provisions for workers covered by the UK’s international trade commitments in Tier 5;
  • Allowing absences from the UK of up to 180 days per year for those seeking settlement through Tier 2 and other work routes;
  • Allowing migrants in Tier 2 and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) to undertake supplementary employment in a shortage occupation, even if this is a different occupation to the one they are being sponsored to work in. This will provide migrants with more flexibility and help to ease shortages in these occupations.

If any of these rule changes affect you please do not hesitate to contact us for immigration advice.


Shock as UK Border Agency actually admits to error in decision!

In surprising news the UK Border Agency apologised for an error they made in regards to our client’s application and reversed their decision without the need for an appeal and court fees.  They wrongly refused the company’s Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship for spurious reasons in October 2012 which our Senior Solicitor furiously contested. The caseworker was then left red-faced when our client received an email from the UK Border Agency confirming the decision had been made in error. This sets a good precedent for consistency in Tier 2  decisions and demonstrates our proven track record of obtaining Tier 2 Sponsor licences for our corporate clients.

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