In Feb 2020 the UK government released a policy statement outlining the future for UK visas. The news was much looked forward to as it would set the tone for the proposed changes in light of Brexit and with the free movement of EU citizens to UK set to cease in Dec 2020. These changes broadly impact the Tier 2 General visa category, create a pathway for post study work visa seekers, enabling Tier 4 students to switch to Tier 2 General, these do not affect non points based visas for representatives of overseas businesses.
New rules set to come into effect from Jan 2021 will be applicable to economic migrants only, rules for family and asylum would remain unaffected. Though it can be reasonably expected that there would be changes to these too in the times to come.
So, what will change?
As stated earlier the key change is the end of freedom of movement for EU nationals, enabling EU nationals to experience the points based system.
These are directional guidelines from the Home Office with more details being made available by the autumn of 2020, for businesses seeking to hire overseas worker it would be a good idea to register for Tier 2 sponsor licence.
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At The SmartMove2UK (division of SmartMove Immigration) our UK immigration experts have helped businesses in the UK to bring workers from overseas. We have also helped businesses from outside the UK to set up wholly owned branches or subsidiaries in the UK and apply for visas for representatives of overseas business, Tier 2 sponsor licences, Tier 2 general visas, Tier 2 intra company transfers, in addition to Tier 1 Investor visas. You can also speak to our team members.