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Expanded Skilled Occupation codes added to Shortage Occupation List

September 9, 2019 | Immigration, News

Following the review of the Shortage Occupation List in May 2019, the UK Government has announced that the shortage occupation list has been expanded, effective today.

These new additions mean the UK business has more and improved access to skilled workers under the Tier 2 Points-Based System.

Seem Kennedy, Immigration Minister has stated:

“Giving British based businesses the access to the brightest and best global talent is a key priority for this government. That is why we have made it easier for employers to hire the skilled workers, such as vets and web designers, that this country needs to flourish.”

Following the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the following codes have been added or updated on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

2112 – Biological scientists and biochemists – All jobs in this occupation code

2113 – Physical scientists – Some jobs in this occupation code

2114 – Social and Humanities’ Scientists – Only Archaeologists

2121 – Civil engineers – All jobs in this occupation code

2122 – Mechanical engineers – All jobs in this occupation code

2123 – Electrical engineers – All jobs in this occupation code

2124 – Electronics engineers – All jobs in this occupation code

2126 – Design and development engineers – All jobs in this occupation code

2127 – Production and process engineers – All jobs in this occupation code

2129 – Engineering professionals n.e.c. – All jobs in this occupation code

2135 – IT business analysts, architects and systems designers – All jobs in this occupation code

2136 – Programmers and software development professionals – All jobs in this occupation code

2137 – Web design and development professionals – All jobs in this occupation code

2139 – Information technology and telecommunications professionals n.e.c. – Only Cyber security specialist

2211 – Medical practitioners – All jobs in this occupation code

2212 – Psychologists – All jobs in this occupation code

2216 – Veterinarians – All jobs in this occupation code

2217 – Medical radiographers – All jobs in this occupation code

2222 – Occupational therapists – All jobs in this occupation code

2223 – Speech and language therapists All jobs in this occupation code

2231 – Nurses – All jobs in this occupation code

2314 – Secondary education teaching professionals – Some jobs in this occupation code

2425 – Actuaries, economists and statisticians Only Bio-informatician and informatician

2431 – Architects – All jobs in this occupation code

2442 – Social workers – All jobs in this occupation code

2461 – Quality control and planning engineers – All jobs in this occupation code

3213 – Paramedics – All jobs in this occupation code

3411 – Artists – All jobs in this occupation code

3414 – Dancers and choreographers – Some jobs in this occupation code

3415 – Musicians – Some jobs in this occupation code

3416 – Arts officers, producers and directors – All jobs in this occupation code

3421 – Graphic designers – All jobs in this occupation code

5215 – Welding trades – Some jobs in this occupation code

5434 Chefs – Some jobs in this occupation code

Other news

  • UK Visas & Immigration has also stated that doctors, dentists, nurses & midwives who have already passed the English Language Tests by approved bodies, do not have to re-sit these before entry to the UK on a Tier 2 visa.
  • PhD level occupations will be exempt from the Tier 2 (General) limit, this should open up space for more roles that can contribute to the UK economy.
  • Tier 2 applicants sponsored for PhD level occupations, who are required to undertake research overseas as part of their direct employment will not have this leave counted towards their 180-days absence, providing their sponsor is able to confirm this.
  • Re-classifying from RQF Level 4 to Level 6 the occupation of chartered architectural technologist. This means that employers may sponsor overseas applicants where no suitable resident worker is available.
  • Allowing overhead lines workers, at Linesman Erector 2 (LE2) level and above (SOC 5249) to qualify for Tier 2 (General) with a Resident Labour Market Test if the jobholder’s pay is at least £32,000 per year. Having been removed from the shortage occupation list, this RQF level 4 occupation would not ordinarily meet the minimum skill level for Tier 2 (General), however the MAC recommended they remain eligible to prevent the occupation returning to shortage.
  • Those applying for settlement in the UK will no longer have to provide the original ‘Life in the UK’ test certificate, rather they will provide the URN.
  • Tier 4 students who are studying at degree level or above will be permitted to apply to switch into Tier 2 within 3-months of the expected end date of their course.
  • Tier 1 Investors who were granted leave under the rules in place before 29 March 2019, who are applying to extend or settle on or after 6 April 2025, will not be awarded points for investments that were held in the UK on or after 6 April 2025.
  • Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 has been amended to ensure children transferring under section 67 are granted with ‘section 67 leave’ upon arrival. This leave allows them to study, work, access public funds and healthcare, and is a route to settlement which they would not ordinarily have had. Currently, those who transfer to the UK under section 67 only receive ‘section 67 leave’ if their asylum application is unsuccessful.

Should you wish to discuss anything in relation to the above update, please get in touch with one of our UK Immigration Lawyers on 020 3318 5794 or via email at londoninfo@hudsonmckenzie.com.

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