Changes in UK immigration policy for skilled, highly skilled

Earnings for Tier I and Tier II applicants increased

19 March 2010:
With the British Government announcing significant changes to its immigration policy for the skilled and highly skilled professionals, the criteria of earnings has been increased.
Under the new rules, applicable from April 6, the minimum previous earnings for those applying under Tier I has been increased from the current £20,000 to £25,000 pounds.

For Tier II, the minimum prospective earnings have been increased from £17,000 to £20,000 pounds. The highest earnings entry has been set at £32,000, increased from £24,000.

This is expected to hit the plans of many professionals planning to move to the UK. While some changes will help the professionals planning to move to the UK, the others will make things tougher.
As per the changes, the initial grant of leave under Tier 1 (general category) has been reduced to two years from three years, with a further three years extension for those working in highly skilled employment.

The supportive change for the Tier 1 category is the reintroduction of points for bachelor degrees for those with high previous earnings (of at least £35,000). The rules also allow those with very high previous earnings – of at least £150,000 – but no formal qualifications to come to the UK using Tier 1.

Besides this the  graduates of UK medical/dental schools to work as doctors/dentists in training and later switch into Tier 1 (post-study work) on completing their foundation programme is also a constructive  decision for the highly skilled.

Under Tier 2, the master’s degree holders will now gain five more points for their degree in comparison to e earlier 10 points. Some changes under Tier 2 for the intra-company transfer category have also come up.

The changes to UK Immigration rules are being cited as an effort to guard the local workers But at the same time changes indicate that the  immigration officials feel that the  migrants competent to earn large incomes always may not be  the ones that have academic qualifications.

Tier 2 (intra-company transfer) will now be split into three sub-categories. The categories include established staff with a minimum of 12 months experience in the company to fill posts that cannot be filled by a resident worker. The Tier 2 intra company transfer will no longer lead to settlement in the UK.

The rider forbidding intra-company transfer professionals from using their time span spent in the UK for gaining permanent resident status will discourage the experts to take up postings in the UK.
By Monika

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