The UK government has announced several changes to the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Visas that will be effective from July 6, 2018:
General – UK Tier 2 Visas
The Home Office has announced that Nurses and Doctors from the non-EEA area will be exempt from the Tier 2 Visas restricted limit for COS. It has suggested that this will free around 40% of the total places under this visa category.
The government has also indicated finally that the 10% ceiling on shares that can be held by Tier 2 immigrant in the sponsor is inclusive of shares held directly as well as indirectly.
References to the earlier service Universal Job Match have also been replaced. These have been replaced with the scheme Find a Job, as quoted by the Guardian.
The applicants of settlement under Tier 2 visas after 6 July will now have to offer documented proof for adoption or birth. This is if they have been on leave from work on adoption, paternity, maternity or shared parental leave.
Exceptional Talent – UK Tier 1 Visas
The scope of roles that can be included in the field of arts by the appropriate authorized body will be widened. It will now also include those in the fashion sector who are operating a top business in designer fashion. In this case, it will be the British Fashion Council that functions with the approved funds of Arts Council England.
The narrowing down to specific sectors and roles is becoming an enhanced feature of the visas related to skilled work. Another similar instance is the changes to the proposed Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa. It aims to attract overseas nationals who intend to launch a business in the UK, specifically high-tech startups.
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