Changes to Immigration Rules now effective

A number of minor changes to the Immigration Rules come into effect today, 1st July 2013. These changes centre around work, student and settlement rules and include:

• changes to the documents required for approved English language tests;
• updates to the lists of financial institutions in Bangladesh and Ghana from which documents can be verified
• adjustments to the resident labour market test exemption for supernumerary researchers in Tier 2 (General)
• no longer requiring a resident labour market test for religious worker (Tier 4) extension applications
• more legal courses to be exempt from the time-limit on study for Tier 4 student visa applicants.

There are also some minor updates and clarifications to the family immigration rules as well as changes meaning TB screening is now required in the following countries:
• China (settlement applications only);
• Ethiopia;
• Gambia;
• Hong Kong (settlement applications only);
• Indonesia;
• Macau (settlement applications only);
• Malawi;
• Morocco;
• Sierra Leone;
• Uganda;
• Vietnam; and
• Zambia

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