Tier 2 or the General Work Visa of the UK is for those who have an employment offer for a skilled job in the UK. It is necessary that you should be offered a salary of at least £30,000 per year to qualify for the Visa.
However, the UK may soon scrap the £30,000 salary threshold requirement for the Tier 2 Visa. The UK plans to move to a points-based immigration system by the end of the year. The country plans to scrap the minimum salary requirement as part of the many Visa reforms included in the new immigration system.
Post-Brexit, the Boris Johnson led Govt. plans to implement an Australia-style points-based immigration system by the end of 2020. A report published by The Times says that Johnson may scrap the salary threshold of the Tier 2 Visa. The minimum salary requirement was introduced by Theresa May, former Prime Minister, during her stint as the Home Secretary.
Under current rules, it is mandatory for skilled non-EU workers to have a salary of £30,000 per year to qualify for the Tier 2 Visa. The salary threshold for recent graduates from UK Universities is at least £20,800.
The UK Govt. asked the Migration Advisory Committee in 2019 to look into the minimum salary threshold. The Govt. was worried that skilled professionals would be hesitant to apply for jobs in critical sectors in the UK.
It is still not clear, as part of the new immigration system, if the minimum salary threshold would be removed completely, increased or decreased. It is expected that completely removing the salary threshold could be opposed as the Tory MPs want the UK to keep a check on immigration.
The minimum salary threshold for the Tier 2 Visa has been extremely unpopular in the UK. Many businesses in the UK are struggling to recruit skilled staff as they are unable to offer a salary of £30,000 per year. A July 2019 research stated that two-thirds of all the jobs in the UK had a salary of less than £30,000 per year.
Aspiring immigrants will now need to wait and watch how the new UK immigration system unfolds later in the year.
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