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March 19, 2010 04:00 ET

UK Government Announces Changes to Tier 1 and 2 Visa Requirements

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 19, 2010) - Following recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the UK Government has today announced a number of changes to the requirements for migrants seeking Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas. The Tier 1 visa is for highly skilled and qualified migrants who are taking up senior roles in the UK, whereas the Tier 2 visa is intended for skilled migrants holding a job offer from a UK company licensed to sponsor migrants. In 2008 the Government introduced a points-based system for both these categories, and the announcement modifies the points tables for both visa types. 

Phil Woolas, the Minister of State for borders and immigration at the Home Office, issued a written ministerial statement today setting out the changes to both Tier 1 visa and Tier 2 visa points tables. The changes will take effect from 6th April 2010. The minister's statement claims that the changes will simplify the immigration process for highly skilled workers seeking a Tier 1 visa who do not have a Master's degree, and make it more straightforward for multinational companies to arrange short-term transfers while protecting against companies using these transfers to fill vacancies that should go to resident workers. The Minister has not accepted the MAC's recommendation that certain professional qualifications should be included on the points table, saying that it would be too complex to administer. 

The points table for Tier 2 visa applicants has been modified to align it more closely to the salary bandings for resident skilled workers. Other changes include a requirement for intra-company transferees to have a minimum of twelve months' company experience before transferring into the UK, and changes to the provisions for doctors in training. These changes will improve flexibility for companies, as well as making it more straightforward for highly-qualified workers coming into the UK to seek work on a Tier 1 visa.

Commenting on the changes, Liam Clifford of world-leading visa company Global Visas said, "We have been asking for this for some time. This is fantastic news long overdue. UK employers have been fighting during the past recession with one hand behind their back. Hopefully UK Plc can now get back to securing the skills in desperate demand."

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