UK Immigration- Changes to Tier 2 of the Points Based System
Rahul Batra who is a Director and Head of Department at the firm has outlined changes to Tier 2 of the Points-Based System, which have been released by the UK Border Agency.
In October 2011, the UK Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the 2012/13 annual limit for Tier 2. It has now been decided that the Tier 2 (General) limit will remain at its current level of 20,700 for 2012/13 and 2013/14.
The following changes have been announced:-
- The minimum skills level for occupations in Tier 2 from the current threshold of National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 4 will now be raised to NQF level 6 (for Scotland the skill level will rise from SCQF level 7 to SCQF level 9). The occupations affected are the same across the UK, and there will be exceptions for jobs in shortage occupations and the creative sector. This change will result in 27 occupations no longer being eligible under Tier 2. There will be transitional arrangements for Tier 2 workers already in the UK.
- Jobs offering a salary of £70,000 or more or requiring PhD-level skills will no longer need to be advertised in Job Centre Plus / Job Centre Online, although they must still be advertised in an appropriate medium as per the code of practice.
- For jobs requiring PhD-level skills, employers will be allowed to recruit the most suitable person for the job, not necessarily the most suitable person from the resident labour force, and allow recruitment to begin up to 12 months before the start date of the job, rather than 6 months as at present.
These changes to skill levels and advertising requirements will come into effect on 14 June 2012.
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