Changes to settlement requirements for Tier 2 migrants and work permit holder
On 6 April 2011, the Immigration Rules were amended to introduce a salary requirement for settlement applications made by work permit holders and migrants under Tier 2 of the points-based system. Their applications must now include written confirmation from their employer or sponsor that they are being paid at or above the appropriate rate for their job as set out in the Tier 2 Code of Practice.
Further changes to the Immigration Rules have been announced which will take effect from 31 October 2011. Going forward, work permit holders and Tier 2 migrants will need to provide specified documents to confirm that they are being paid at or above the appropriate rate for their job. This is in addition to the employer’s confirmation as above.
From 31 October 2011, any settlement application by a Tier 2 migrant or a work permit holder must include:
- a payslip and a personal bank or building society statement; or
- a payslip and a building society pass book.
If they do not provide this evidence, the UK Border Agency have indicated that they may look to refuse the application.
If you have any questions regarding the above or need to understand how these changes will affect you, please send an email to one of our London Immigration Lawyers or at firstname.lastname@example.org.