Immigration Skills Charge changes for Tier 2 migrants

Tier 2From April 2017, employers who sponsor a Tier 2 migrant to work at their company, will face an annual charge (for as long as the migrant stays working for them):

For large companies this will be £1,000 per annum.

For smaller companies, charities and universities the charge will be £364 per annum.

There is not yet a definition of a ‘small company’ but it is likely to be the same criteria used to determine the ‘Sponsor Licence’ application fee which is:

To be a small company, the company must meet 2 of the following conditions:

  • Have an Annual turnover of less than £10.2 million
  • Have a Balance sheet of less than £5.1 million
  • Have an Average number of employees less than 50.

Tier 4 students switching to a Tier 2 PHD level role and those migrants applying for the Tier 2 intra-company transfer graduate trainee category will be exempt.

Once the skills charge is introduced it will also apply to applications for extensions for those currently employed under a Tier 2 visa.

From April, Tier 2 visa applicants will need a basic salary of £30,000 per annum. For Tier 2 (ICT) high earners who are able to work in the UK between 5-9 years will be reduced to £120,000 (from £155,300). We’ll update this as more details become available!
You can read information about how to secure a Visa for an Overseas Worker here.

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