The UK Border Agency has published an amended version of the codes of practice for skilled workers.
The codes of practice is mean to help applicants prepare for the changes that are being made to the points-based system. These changes will come into effect on 6th April 2013.
On 1st March 2013, the UKBA published a statement of intent which announced changes to the codes of practice for skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area.
The changes will apply to: employers in the Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra-Company transfer) categories; employers in some parts of Tier 5; work permit holders applying for settlement; migrants switching from Tier 1 (post-study work) to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur); and all certificates of sponsorship assigned by employers to migrants from that date.
The changes also affect the timing of applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship in March and April.
The changes made to the new codes of practice include updated lists of skilled occupations – UKBA’s current codes of practice use the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2000 system. In the new version they have updated the lists of occupations skilled to different levels to reflect the new SOC 2010 system.
Changes have also been made to salary requirements: The minimum appropriate rates for skilled migrant workers in each occupation have been simplified and updated to reflect changes in pay for settled workers. In addition, the overall salary thresholds which apply across Tier 2 have been increased, in line with wage inflation.