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Latest UK immigration statement of changes

The UK government published the latest Statement of Changes on 4th March 2021. The changes are due to come into force on 5th April 2021. 

The notable changes include the following:

Skilled worker route:

  • Minimum salary: The minimum salary must equal or exceed £25,500 per annum, £10.10 per hour and the “going rate” for the occupation code.
  • 9119 Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations not elsewhere classified: This will now only include the following job titles,Vent chick sexer and Deckhand on large fishing vessel (9 metres and above).
  • Newly added occupations to the shortage occupation list: 
  • 1181 Health services and public health managers and directors
  • 1242 Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors
  •  3111 Laboratory technicians
  • 6146 Senior care workers
  • 2213 Pharmacists
  • 2219 Health professionals not elsewhere classified 
  • 2221 Physiotherapists
  • 6141 Nursing auxiliaries and assistants
  • Removed occupation: 
  • 5434 Chefs
  • Amendments to occupations:
  •  2314 Secondary education teaching professionals- for “Mandarin” has been amended to now include “modern foreign languages.” 

Global Talent route:

The Global Talent route now includes situations where a person has been awarded a prestigious prize listed in Appendix Global Talent. When someone has received a prestigious prize, they do not require an endorsement to apply for this visa as they are considered to demonstrate exceptional talent through achieving the award.

Prestigious awards include the following:

  • Brit award
  • Golden globes
  • Olivier award
  • Nobel award 
  • Tony award

Continuous residency:

  • Continuous residency only applies to applicants under the following visa routes:
  • Skilled Worker, 
  • Representative of an Overseas Business, 
  • Global Talent, 
  • Innovator, 
  • T2 Minister of Religion, 
  • T2 Sportsperson, 
  • UK Ancestry, 
  • Domestic Worker in a Private Household, 
  • T5 (Temporary Worker) 
  • International Agreement Worker
  • Hong Kong British National (Overseas).
  • Dependant partners:

Where a dependant partner was absent from the UK whilst holding a visa for the UK before 11 January 2018, that period of absence from the UK will not be counted towards the 180-day limit when calculating the dependant’s continuous residence for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in certain circumstances.

Absences will not be counted if the main applicant was on one of these visa routes:

  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker)
  • Global Talent
  • Start Up
  • Innovator

Graduate route:

On 1st April 2021 a new Graduate route will be introduced. Those international students in the UK who wish to work following successful completion of an eligible course either at UK bachelor’s degree level or higher. This will be an unsponsored route and can be applied for from within the UK.

For those students who hold a Tier 4 visa and have dependants who hold dependent visas, they can also switch into this route with the main applicant.  

This is not a route to settlement and those who want to eventually apply to settle in the UK will need to switch to a different visa that allows a route to settlement.


  • You must have completed a UK course with a compliant higher education provider.
  • The last grant of leave must be a student or Tier 4 visa.

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require assistance with your corporate, employment or immigration matter, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at or by telephone +44(0) 20 3318 5794.

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