Changes to the Tier 2 immigration rules for UK comes into effect from today

According to the UK government official website, changes to the immigration rules announced on November 3 will come into effect for all visa applications made today onward, unless stated otherwise. It will be implemented for all certificates of sponsorship allotted by Tier 2 sponsors on or after today.

The Tier 2 (General) salary limit for experienced workers will be increased to £25,000, taking into consideration certain exemptions.Also, the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) salary threshold for short term staff will be raised to £30,000. On the contrary, the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) graduate trainee salary limit will be hereon decreased to £23,000, while the number of places will be increased to 20 per company, every year. Besides, the Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) skills transfer sub-category will be closed.

However, official announcement regarding the date from when transfers within the company will be made accountable for the health surcharge is yet to be made. For more details, click on this link.