The announcement made by UK Government on 16th Oct regarding changes to the Immigration Rules will come into effect on 6th November. The changes are most likely to affect employers as amendments have been made to the Visitor, Overseas Domestic Worker and Tier 2 visa categories.
Visitor Visa Changes
Two major rules have been made to the Business Visitor visas, wherein new categories have been added to the list of permitted activities. These activities would normally allow working in the UK, but under the changed rules Business visitors will now:
These changes were a result of the direct representations to the Home Office by legal and academic professions.
Overseas Domestic Worker Visa Changes
This rule has been passed to protect the household staff/domestic workers who are brought into the country by employer under domestic worker visa. As per the new changes to the rule employers with their household staff, on a visit to UK cannot spend extended periods in the country frequently. This is to protect the domestic staff from being exploited.
Tier 2 Visa Changes
Under the points based system of Tier2 visa category, UK allows companies to sponsor non-EEA (European Economic Area) nationals to take a skilled job in the country. Using this opportunity, many employers make use of two subcategories under Tier 2:
The changes now made to the Tier 2 visa under both the sub categories are:
All these changes are an ongoing effort on the part of the UK Govt. to ensure genuine vacancies and reduce abuse of the immigration system.
News Source: macfarlanes.com
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