The current cooling off period forbids the holder of a skilled worker (Tier 2) visa from returning to the United Kingdom for a period of a year post the expiry of their Tier 2 visa. Also, it debars them from switching back to a Tier 2 visa from a different UK leave category, say ICT Tier 2, within the period of a year.
With the new Immigration System on the cards, the Home Office plans on curbing the “cooling off period” rule for the skilled worker Tier 2 (General) visa route. With this coming into effect, the skilled workers will have the liberty to leave and return to the UK without the need for the leave to entry or entry clearance.
For the ICT Tier 2 visa holders, the Home Office has long proposed policy updates. The cooling off period is expected to end, although, with an exception. If you have already left for more than five years in the six years period, you need to apply for the entry clearance under the cooling off rule. However, further clarifications are still awaited.
The end of the Tier 2 cooling off period can be especially beneficial for immigrants who have been planning their return to their home country, in line with the cooling off period regulations. Besides, with the updated Tier 2 cooling off policy, the skilled workers can heave a sigh of relief.
If your visa validity permits you to reside in the United Kingdom until the new Immigration System comes into effect, you must leverage the opportunity and stay in the country. This will enable you to benefit from the new regulations, and you can save some of your hard-earned money on flights, visa applications, and other formalities
-The UK Visa experts at The SmartMove2UK suggest