On November 24, 2016, several important changes to the UK
Immigration Rules came into effect1. Some of the changes
that impact businesses include closure of the Tier 2 ICT Skills
Transfer subcategory and changes to minimum salary levels in
several categories are described here.
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Category
The ICT Skills Transfer subcategory
has been closed for new applicants.
The ICT Short Term minimum salary has
increased to GPB 30,000 (or the rate for the Code of Practice
(SOC), whichever is higher).
The ICT Graduate Trainee minimum
salary has decreased to GPB 23,000, and now each sponsor can only
sponsor 20 graduates under this route.
Tier 2 (General) Category
The salary threshold has increased to
GPB 25,000 from GPB 20,800 for experienced workers. The
salary remains unchanged at GPB 20,800 for employees entering the
workforce for the first time).
Sponsors may change SOC codes for
graduates for employees within the same company upon completion of
a trainee program.
Sponsors can continue to rely on
campus recruitment if the recruiting ended up to four years before
the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) was assigned, and the migrant
was offered the job within six months of that campus recruitment
The changes prevent a sponsor from delaying a start date for
more than four weeks for all categories under Tier 2. This change
will not impact CoS assigned before November 24, 2016.
February 8, 2017 - Federal immigration authorities conducted the 4th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 54th overall, inviting 3664 candidates for permanent residence, the largest to-date. The lowest CRS score was 447, continuing a steady decline from previous draws.
Settlement funds required for new immigrants coming to Canada under two federal programs have increased for 2017. As a result of the increases, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has urged those affected candidates in the Express Entry Pool to update their profiles.
On February 20th 2017 Ontario will begin opening its popular streams.
The OINP's International Masters Graduate Stream, International PhD
Graduate Stream and Express Entry Human Capital Priority Stream will all
begin receiving applications for 2017 allocations.
Ontario has opened the most popular streams of its Immigrant Nominee Program. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program's International Masters Graduate Stream, International PhD Graduate Stream and Express Entry Human Capital Priority Stream opened on February 21, 2017.
January 25, 2017 - Federal immigration authorities conducted the 3rd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 53rd overall, inviting 3508 candidates for permanent residence, the largest to-date. The lowest CRS score was 453, a continuing trend of decline from previous draws.
New guidelines issued on February 17, 2017 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) call
for the mass arrest and detention of undocumented immigrants regardless of whether they have criminal convictions.
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