IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Home Office has released a new guidance for sponsors highlighting several important changes to Tier 2 rules beginning April 6.
What does the change mean? Changes to the immigration rules are expected to be announced in March and to take effect April 6, including the new immigration skills charge of £1,000 per certificate of sponsorship.
The sponsor guidance now contains an addendum making clear that the immigration skills charge will come into effect April 6 as anticipated:
The sponsor guidance also now announces some other minor changes to the rules for Tier 2 migrants:
BAL Analysis: Employers should budget for the additional Immigration Skills Charge for all transfers and new hires now in the pipeline, as well as prepare for the other changes taking effect in April, which were highlighted last March when they were first announced. BAL will provide further news alerts as soon as the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules is available in mid-March and will be discussing the business impact of these changes in our upcoming client webinar.
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