UK 2021 statement of changes explained
The UK has amended the immigration rules in the new 2021 statement of changes. The following is a brief rundown of the notable changes that affect immigration.
Launch of the international sportsperson route
The new international sportsperson route is to replace the Tier 2 and Tier 5 temporary worker routes. The Home Office state that the new route will mirror the previous routes in that an endorsement is required from a Sports Governing Body and a Certificate of Sponsorship is necessary.
Rebranding of Tier 5
The Tier 5 route will be rebranded including new application forms. There will also be a dedicated route for temporary creative workers.
Global Talent route
The list of qualifying prizes for the Global Talent visa will be expanded. The new list can be found in Appendix Global Talent. The endorsement criteria is also being amended for this route.
Youth Mobility visa
Iceland and India are being added to the list for the Youth Mobility visa. There will be an allocation of 1000 places for Iceland nationals. For Indian nations, invitation to apply arrangements will be applicable.
A concession will be added to the visitor guidance to allow students to visit the UK to partake in activities relating to a course they are undertaking at a UK institution via distance learning.
In addition, those studying nursing overseas at the equivalent of degree level can undertake electives on a visit visa, providing the electives are unpaid and do not involve the treatment of patients.
Skilled Worker route
Corrections have been made to the skilled worker route, namely that a sponsor must be A-rated to be able to certify the financial requirement for visa applicants.
Confirmation of the minimum hourly rate has been published. The current minimum hourly rate is £10.10 for those applying for entry clearance, permission to stay in the UK and settlement under this route.
From 6th October 2021, family members of those with EUSS will be unable to apply to the EUSS themselves whilst in the UK as a visitor.
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