Tier 1 Post Study Work

The Home Secretary announced the most recent Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules. That Statement confirmed the Tier 1 Post-Study Work route will close on 06 April 2012. Any applications received by the UK Border Agency before that date will remain valid and will be considered under the Post-Study Work rules.

The Government justified this change by pointing to the difficulties UK national graduates are having when trying to access the labour market, and that any available vacancies should be priorities for them. Perhaps feeling a little guilty about these changes, the Government also introduced a new Tier 1 route for graduate entrepreneurs, commencing on 06 April 2012, and new provisions for graduates who have an offer for a skilled job to switch into Tier 2, also commencing on 06 April 2012.

If you are unsure how these changes will affect you please do not hesitate to contact us.

Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) is open

The Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) category of the UK's points-based system is open for applications.

The new category is for people who are internationally recognised as world-leading, or potential world-leading, talent in science or the arts. It is not possible to make the application from within the UK, it can only be made from abroad.

Click here for more information on the UKBA website.

Changes to Tier 1

Tier 1 will now be restricted to all but entrepreneurs, investors and people of exceptional talent.

Investors who invest large sums of money will see their right to settle permanently in the UK sped up. Those who invest £5 million will be allowed to settle here after 3 years, and those investing £10 million or more will be allowed to settle after 2 years. This compares with ... Read More...

Annual Limit on Non-EU Workers

The annual limit to reduce the immigration of non-EU workers into the UK has come into force. Under the annual limit, employers will be able to bring only 20,700 people from outside the EU to work in skilled professions under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. A further 1,000 visas will be made available to people of 'exceptional talent,' those who experts believe will make the biggest contribution to science, engineering and the arts in the UK. Read More...

Changes to the Settlement Rules

The UKBA announced changes to the rules relating to settlement (permanent residence) applications. New applicants will need to Read More...

Tier 1 & 2: Changes

From 12 October 2010, the UK Border Agency has introduced a new requirement for applications to work in the UK under Tier 1 (General), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or any Tier 2 category of the points-based system.
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Immigration Cap

The Commons Home Affairs Committee say the proposed annual cap will cover fewer than 20% of long-term migrants to Britain, it will make little difference to overall immigration and may do serious damage to Britain's knowledge economy. Read More...