This report covers a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules put forward by the U.K. government that aims to attract talent to the U.K. (and retain it, once there) and increase flexibility for businesses wishing to recruit talented individuals.
On 7 December 2017, the U.K. government put a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules before the House of Commons.1 Several changes will be implemented by 11 January 2018 and will be phased in from 28 December 2017. The changes cover various categories including those for international workers and students.
The intention is to attract and retain talent in the U.K. by increasing flexibility for businesses wishing to recruit talented students completing degrees in the U.K. by, among other things, introducing a further exemption to the Resident Labour Market Test and allowing some part-time students to secure Tier 4 visas.
Changes to the Tier 1 visa category should attract individuals to the U.K. who are of the greatest value to the U.K. economy and will allow all Tier 1 visa categories accelerated settlement after three years in the United Kingdom.
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Investor)
Minor changes are being made to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Investor) rules to prevent abuse and clarify the currently rather complex rules.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
The changes in relation to Tier 1 migrants follow the commitments made in the government’s Autumn budget3 to encourage the best and brightest international scientific and research talent to come and work in the United Kingdom. While they contain few major policy shifts, the sum of the other changes provide welcome clarification where there was previously uncertainty. This is useful amidst the general uncertainty regarding immigration relating to European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals working in the U.K. in light of Brexit.
The KPMG Legal Services – Immigration Team has a wealth of experience in transactional, advisory, and compliance assurance services. We will be able to advise your business in relation to practical considerations in light of the above changes, as well as what this means for your long-term recruitment and compliance strategies.
Please note the KPMG International member firm in the United States does not provide immigration or labour law services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
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