Tier 2 Immigration Changes of


Tier 2 Immigration Changes of 2017 that made everyone not so happy

Last week we looked at all the immigration changes in 2017 that brought welcome news. This week we look at the Tier 2 immigration changes of 2017 that did not bring us too much joy.

Tier 2 Immigration Changes of


Here they are.

Criminal Record Certificates for Tier 2

Since April 2017, Tier 2 visa applicants in certain education, health, and social care sectors have to submit criminal record certificates with their application. The same applies for every adult dependent of the Tier 2 applicant. The criminal record certificate is required from every country in which the applicant (Tier 2 Visa applicant and adult dependant) have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the 10 years before making the UK visa application.

Although this might prove an administrative hassle for some Tier 2 applicants, it is good news in the sense that the implementation of this aims to safeguard against those with a criminal history seeking to come to the UK

Tier 2 Immigration changes – Skills Levy Surcharge

April 2017 saw the introduction of the Immigration Skills Charge. Companies sponsoring Tier 2 migrants now have to pay an Immigration Skills Charge.

The Skills Charge apply to sponsors of Tier 2 employees assigned a certificate of sponsorship in the ‘General’ and ‘Intra-Company Transfer’ routes. The charge is levied whether they are applying from outside the UK, inside the UK to switch to the Tier 2 route from another route, or inside the UK to extend their current visa.

The charge is levied as an upfront charge of £1,000 per Tier 2 employee per year, for the total period of time covered by the certificate of sponsorship.

Fortunately, small businesses and charity sponsors get relief in the form of a reduced rate of £364 per year.

Tier 2 Minimum Salary Threshold

The very controversial minimum salary threshold for Tier 2 (General) increases to £30,000 for experienced workers. Fortunately, there were exemptions for some professions in the health and education sector until July 2019.

Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer

The Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Short-term staff category closes.

Fortunately, there was also some good news and the high earners’ salary for the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer route; long-term staff was reduced to £120,000. Persons on this route will now be able to stay on this route for up to nine years. Previously this was only five years.

The UK Government make regular Tier 2 Immigration Changes. We highly recommend that our clients keep in touch with their Breytenbachs consultant. This will help them stay up to date with all the latest changes and how it could affect their situation.

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