This report covers the June 15, 2018 announcement by the U.K. government of a variety of important changes to the U.K. immigration rules.
On 15 June 2018, the U.K. Home Office published changes to the Immigration Rules, which mostly come into effect on 6 July 2018, and will apply to all decisions made on or after that date.1 These changes include the previously-announced removal of doctors and nurses from the monthly quota on Tier 2 (General) visas as well as changes in a number of other areas which will affect employers in the United Kingdom.
The changes relating to doctors and nurses will reduce demand for places within the Tier 2 (General) monthly quota. Since December 2017, this has meant new Tier 2 (General) applicants have needed a role earning at least £50,000 to £60,000 to obtain a visa. The change should reduce the salary requirements for employers of other types of role, and may help to achieve the policy objective of meeting staffing shortages in the National Health Service.
The breadth of the other changes means that employers of migrants to the U.K. need to familiarize themselves with what is changing; it is a good idea to consult with your immigration counsel to make sense of what the changes mean for you and to foster continued compliance.
The changes to Tier 2 should provide a welcome reduction in difficulty getting Tier 2 (General) visas. The expansion of the list of countries for whose citizens have easier access to Tier 4 visas will also be welcomes by U.K. education providers and their students for the reduction in paperwork.
While none of the other changes is major on their own, together the clarifications and rationalizations should improve predictability of the system.
1 To see the U.K. government’s “Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules published on 15 June 2018,” click here.
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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