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


Changes affecting Tier 2 sponsors from 6 April 2011

17 March 2011: From 6 April migrants in the Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) categories will receive salary payments into their own personal bank accounts.
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This applies to all new and existing sponsored migrants.

The UK Border Agency has elaborated: `From 6 April migrants in the Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) categories must receive salary payments into their own personal bank accounts. This applies to all new and existing sponsored migrants’.

The government has announced how the Immigration Rules will change from 6 April 2011. The revised Rules set out how the full limit on Tier 2 (General) migrants will operate, and the new salary and skill thresholds for the Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) categories.

The UK Border Agency said: Sponsors who requested an allocation of unrestricted certificates of sponsorship by the deadline of 11 March will soon receive confirmation of their allocations by email. Other sponsors’ allocations will set to zero from 6 April.

`Sponsors will still be able to apply for allocations of unrestricted certificates after 6 April, using the ‘Request allocation increase’ option in the sponsorship management system.

`New guidance for sponsors will take effect from 6 April 2011. The new guidance explains the differences between restricted and unrestricted certificates of sponsorship; how you may apply for a restricted certificate of sponsorship; and how we will consider applications, including relevant timescales.

`You can now apply online for a restricted certificate of sponsorship. All applications received by 6 April will be considered on 11 April.

`From 6 April migrants in the Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) categories must receive salary payments into their own personal bank accounts. This applies to all new and existing sponsored migrants. Details are in the new sponsor guidance.

`Also on 6 April, 2 new sub-categories – for short-term staff and long-term staff – will replace the ‘Established staff’ sub-category. We will make the appropriate changes to the sponsorship management system during summer 2011.

`In the mean time, certificates of sponsorship for either of the new categories must be assigned under the ‘Established staff’ sub-category; you must then add a sponsor note to indicate whether you want to sponsor the migrant under the Long-term or Short-term route.

`If you have already assigned certificates of sponsorship under the Established staff sub-category, but they will not be used in migrants’ applications before 6 April, these certificates will also need to be updated by adding a sponsor note.

`If you do not add a sponsor note, we will need to contact you to confirm which sub-category you intend to sponsor the migrant under. This could cause a delay in dealing with the migrant’s application’.

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