The UK Home Office on recommendations from the Migration
Advisory Committee will be implementing a number of changes to the
Tier 2 skilled worker visa categories around September –
October 2016. These reforms will be the first phase of changes to
the Tier 2 categories and additional reforms will be implemented in
April and July of 2017.
Key reforms which will come into effect this fall are as set out
The Tier 2 (General) salary threshold
will increase to £25,000. Exemptions will be provided for
nurses, medical radiographers, paramedics, and secondary school
teachers in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science and
Mandarin. The threshold for new graduates will remain
The Skills Transfer sub-category will
be closed to new applications as part of a broader overhaul of the
Tier 2 (ICT) category.
The Short-Term ICT sub-category
salary threshold will be raised to £30,000.
The immigration health surcharge will
be applied to all intracompany transfers.
Extra weight will be given to
overseas graduates within the Tier 2 (General) quota.
In-country graduates in the Tier 2
(General) quota will be allowed to switch roles within a company
after securing a permanent job at the end of their training
As soon as these changes go into effect, they will raise costs
for employers sponsoring employees and intracompany transfers under
the Tier 2 route.
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