New UK visas regulations for UK citizens
On 22nd October, the UK government issues a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. This will come to force for all applications submitted after 1st December 2020. Under these new rules, the visa application process for EU and non-EU nationals will be the same.
Changes to the Tier 2 (General) Visa
The Tier 2 (General) Visa will be rebranded into the Skilled Worker route.
The fundamental of this permit remain the same, meaning that it will still be a sponsorship visa, where applicants are required to hold a valid job offer from a UK-based employer with a valid Sponsor Licence.
The new Working Visa application process
To be eligible, both EU and non-EEA applicants must be sponsored by an employer licensed by the Home Office. They will need to be awarded 20 points in total under the standard UK Point-Based System regulations.
The sponsorship licence must be valid for a specific job, and the applicants must demonstrate that they have the right expertise to fulfil that role.
Changes to the Point-Based System
To decrease the burden on businesses, which must now apply for s Sponsor Licence to hire EU workers, the government has announced new changes to the PBS system. This includes:
- Lowering annual salary thresholds from £30,000 to £25,600.
- Lowering the minimum skill threshold from graduate occupations to occupations skilled at a level equivalent to A-levels (RQF level-3).
- Abolishing the minimum salary for Indefinite Leave to Remain applications.
- Suspending the annual quote on visas issues.
- Abolishing the six-year visa limit and the so-called 12-month cooling off period.
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Under the new rules, the visa application process for EU and non-EU nationals will be the same.