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Tier 1, 2 migrants to pass Life in the UK test, rather than ESOL course


Applicants will need to be clear of unspent convictions while applying

17th March 2011: Migrants in Tier 1, Tier 2 and their precursor routes will need to pass the Life in the UK test, rather than an ESOL with citizenship course. Applicants will also need to be clear of unspent convictions while applying for settlement.
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Giving details, the UK Border Agency has asserted: `Subject to Parliamentary approval, the rules for settlement in the UK will change on 6 April 2011.

`We will tighten the current settlement criteria by introducing these changes:
A new criminality threshold: Applicants will need to be clear of unspent convictions when they apply for settlement.
`A new income requirement: Tier 1 (General) migrants will need to meet the same income criteria that applied when they last extended their permission to stay in the UK.

`Migrants who have been in Tier 2 (General) or Tier 2 (Intra company transfer), or who have held work permits, will need to be paid the appropriate rate as stated in our codes of practice.

`Reform of the English language requirement: Migrants in Tier 1, Tier 2 and their precursor routes will need to pass the Life in the UK test rather than an ESOL with citizenship course. Transitional arrangements will apply.
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`And, an accelerated route to settlement for Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants who meet enhanced criteria.

Tier 2 general & intra company transfer categories to get salary into own bank accounts

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