Changes Relating to Tier 2 – 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.

  • To better reflect seasonal demand for places across the year, based on recent trends, there are changes to redistribute the monthly allocations of Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) under the annual limit. The RCoS annual allocation is being stacked more to the early part of the year, as the table shows:

    Application period- Provisional monthly allocation

    6 March – 5 April 2200
    6 April – 5 May 2000
    6 May – 5 June 2000
    6 June – 5 July 2000
    6 July – 5 August 2000
    6 August – 5 September 2000
    6 September – 5 October 1500
    6 October – 5 November 1500
    6 November – 5 December 1500
    6 December – 5 January 1500
    6 January – 5 February 1500
    6 February – 5 March 1000

     

  • An annual uplift is being applied to the earnings threshold for Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Sportsperson) settlement application; the uplifted threshold will apply to settlement applications made from 6 April 2021
  • Previously only seen in Home Office guidance, the requirement that an application cannot be made earlier than three months before the start date given by the sponsor will be moved to the Immigration Rules for Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) and Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
  • 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.

The Government’s response to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)’s review of Tier 2 can be found here.

Read the Statement of Changes here.

Please contact your DWI advisor if you have any queries. 

 

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