The UK Home Office responded to the MAC recommendations made by the Migration Advisory Committee to the Home Office following a review of the Tier 2 visa application process.
The key highlights of the Home Office response are:
Effective from Autumn 2016
- Increase the Tier 2 (General) threshold to £25,000 for experienced workers, maintaining the minimum threshold of £20,800 for new entrants.
- Introduce exemptions from the increased Tier 2 (General) experienced threshold for nurses, medical radiographers, paramedics and secondary school teachers in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science and Mandarin. The exemption will end in July 2019.
- Increase the salary threshold to £30,000 for the Tier 2 (ICT) Short Term category.
- Reduce the salary requirement for the Tier 2 (Graduate Trainee) category from £24,800 to £23,000 and increase the number of places available to companies from 5 to 20 per year.
- Close the Tier 2 (ICT) Skills Transfer category to new applications.
- Weight overseas graduates more heavily in the Tier 2 (General) monthly allocation rounds.
- Enable graduates to switch roles once they secure a permanent job.
- Remove the exemption for the Tier 2 (ICT) category paying the Immigration Health Surcharge. April 2017
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