The Supreme Court has finally settled the legality of a key principle: that the state may impose a minimum income requirement (MIR) on British citizens whose non-EEA dependents apply for entry clearance to join them in the UK. On a day when a British suicide bomber recipient of alleged £1m state compensation grinned from the front pages, the Government needed some good news. The judgement did not all go its way, though.
The Government has announced (3 November) changes to the Immigration Rules which will affect applications made on or after 24 November 2016. There will be further changes in April and May 2017. Some of these changes have wider implications for HR practice and procedure.
Immigration was widely cited as the main reason for voters choosing to leave the EU; now those politicians who argued for tighter controls have to deliver them. For manufacturing and industry, this brings a renewed focus on business immigration.
We summarise the recent changes to the Immigration Rules, including additions to the Shortage Occupation List, clarification on the requirements for Tier 2 Indefinite Leave to Remain applications and changes to grants of leave at entry clearance stage.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been commissioned by the Government to conduct a review of the Tier 2 route.
Control of immigration, in particular illegal migrants, was a major policy topic during the recent election. Therefore it comes as little surprise that the government has included plans in the new Parliament’s first Queen’s Speech to introduce an immigration bill with the intention of further restricting the level of non-EEA immigration, including the introduction of a new criminal offence of illegal working. For those employers who rely on skilled migrant workers, the proposed new rules have the potential to make recruitment of key individuals from outside the EEA even more difficult
The government have announced that an immigration health surcharge will be introduced on 6 April 2015. The health surcharge means that temporary, non-EEA migrants coming to the UK for more than six months will contribute to the NHS.
As set out in the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules laid before Parliament on 26 February 2015, UK Visas & Immigration are updating salary rates in the Codes of Practice from 6 April 2015.
We look at some recent changes to UK immigration including the rollout of Biometric Residence Permits and proposed increases to UKVI fees.
A number of changes were recently made to the Immigration Rules. All changes mentioned are effective from 6 November 2014 unless otherwise stated.