The UK Home Office reacted to the proposals made by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to the Home Office taking after an audit of the Tier 2 visa application process.
The key highlights of the Home Office response are:
Effective from April 2017
- Increase the Tier 2 (General) threshold to £30,000 for experienced workers.
- Close the Tier 2 (ICT) Short Term category to new applications.
- Introduce the Immigration Skills Charge.
- Reduce the high-earners’ salary for Long-Term ICTs from £155,300 to £120,000.
- Remove the one-year experience requirement in the Long-Term category where the applicant is earning over £73,900.
- Introduce a waiver for the Resident Labour Market Test and prioritize Tier 2 (General) places where the visa grant(s) are in support of the relocation of a high-value business to the UK or, potentially, an inward investment project.
- Implement any recommendations as a result of the review of allowances under the Tier 2 (ICT) categories.
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