Changes Relating to Tier 1 – April 2016

The Home Office has published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, the majority of which will take effect from 6th April 2016.

  • Across Tier 1, there are changes to allow for accounts and supporting letters from certain sources of funds, or from UK Trade and Investment, to be used in support of an application instead of a third party declaration
  • The evidential requirements for applicants applying under Tier 1 and using funding from venture capital firms are being expanded
  • A minor change is being made regarding UK accounting bodies, whose evidence is accepted in various Tier 1 categories, to require confirmation that they hold the relevant licence to practise, or a practising certificate
  • There are some clarifications to the rules for Tier 1 Entrepreneurs seeking an accelerated route to settlement, plus further clarifications on creation of jobs under the same route
  • There are some changes to endorsement letters for applicants under Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
  • Some minor amendments have been introduced to the criteria used by Tech City UK for endorsing applicants under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • The “points based calculator” will no longer exist after 5th April 2016, replaced by UK NARIC VisasAndNationality. See this DWI news update for more details.

These rule changes do not include any reforms resulting from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)’s recent reviews of Tier 1. The Government has not yet announced its response to those reports, and we will bring you further news as we have it.

Read the Statement of Changes here.

Please contact your DWI advisor if you have any queries. 


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