IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Home Office has published its latest statement of immigration rules for non-EU/EEA migrants.
What does the change mean? Several business immigration related changes affect points-based visa holders and their dependents, those applying for permanent residency, and students converting to Tier 2 visas.
Background: The changes relevant to business immigration, which will affect applications made after Jan. 11, are as follows:
BAL Analysis: The changes provide positive news for Tier 2 applicants who will no longer be disqualified from permanent residency due to long breaks in employment, as well as for employers recruiting Tier 4 students switching to the Tier 2 category. However, dependents of Tier 2 and other points-based migrants will need to observe the 180-day absence rule to remain eligible for permanent residency. BAL welcomes any attempt to streamline the visa process and looks forward to positive effects for business travelers, in the mid-term, while anticipating teething issues in the short-term.
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