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Further changes to the Immigration Rules from 31 October 2011

Changes to settlement requirements for Tier 2 migrants and work permit holders

From 31 October, any settlement application by a Tier 2 migrant or a work permit holder must include a pay slip and a personal bank or building society statement; or a pay slip and a building society pass book.

This follows changes to settlement requirements for Tier 2 migrants and work permit holders.

The UK Border Agency said: On 6 April 2011, the Immigration Rules were amended to introduce a salary requirement for settlement applications made by work permit holders and migrants under Tier 2 of the points-based system.

Their applications must now include written confirmation from their employer or sponsor that they are being paid at or above the appropriate rate for their job as set out in the Tier 2 codes of practice.

The UKBA elaborated: `From 31 October 2011, there will be further changes to the Immigration Rules. Work permit holders and Tier 2 migrants will need to provide specified documents to confirm that they are being paid at or above the appropriate rate for their job. This is in addition to the employer's confirmation.

`From 31 October, any settlement application by a Tier 2 migrant or a work permit holder must include: a pay slip and a personal bank or building society statement; or a pay slip and a building society pass book.

`If they do not provide this evidence, their application may be refused.

`Before we amended the Immigration Rules in April to incorporate an income requirement for settlement, we conducted an equality impact assessment.… The 31 October changes to the Rules are considered to be relatively minor and do not change that assessment. We will continue to have regard to the equality considerations of these changes, and will work to limit or mitigate, where possible, any adverse impact that is identified’.

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