Key Changes to Immigration rules  - Tier 2 

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 22 Aug, 2016

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On 25 February 2015, the Secretary of State issued a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, which highlighted a number of changes,  most of which came into force on 6 April 2015.

The Tier 2 ‘cooling off’ period was in place to prevent a migrant who was in the UK under Tier 2 within the previous 12 month period being granted leave under Tier 2 again. From 6 April 2015 onwards, the 12 month ‘cooling off period’ where the migrant is assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for three months or less was waived for Tier 2 visas granted for a period of 3 month or less. This enabled employers to sponsor interns and then bring them back to the UK for a permanent job within a one year Period improving flexibility.

With respect to Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer migrants, the qualifying 12 month’s prior employment can now include time spent lawfully employed by a group company in the UK as well as overseas.

The minimum salary thresholds as set out in the Codes of Practice (COP) have increased by 1.2% and the revised salary thresholds will apply from 6 April 2016.


The shortage occupation list has been updated with additional criteria.


The visitor visa regime has been simplified narrowing down the previous 15 routes to 4 routes and business visitors will fall within the visitor (standards) route, also accommodating tourists.


The Home Office is tightening up the Sponsorship Licence regime with additional questions and checks when applying; with current refusal rate sitting at 1 in 3 with a 6 months cooling period for re-application.


The "genuiness" test has been applied more stringently where there are reasonable grounds to believe that the job does not genuinely exist or has been exaggerated to meet the Tier 2 skills threshold.

The Labour Market Test has been applied strictly and can be assessed at the sponsorship licence, via application Restrictive Certificate of Sponsorship stage.

Immigration officers have been told to conduct more compliance checks and visits.


Changes to Tier 2 April 2016


The changes made to this route focus on the monthly allocation system of restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS):

  • The government has decided not to increase the 20,700 annual allocation of available restricted CoS for the year ending April 2017
  • The Home Office has revised the monthly quota of restricted CoS available for allocation in order to better reflect the seasonal demand for places, for example, be a high number of restricted CoS available to UK sponsors during the busier summer months and a lower quota during the winter months.
  • The government will not be increasing the salary requirements for this visa category in April.
  • The minimum salary threshold for those applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain on a Tier 2 visa will increase to £35,000.
  • The Home Office has stated that the Points-based System (PBS) calculator cannot be used in support of UK immigration applications as of 6 April 2016. Currently, the PBS calculator helps to identify a person’s eligibility to work or study in the UK by looking at the level of their international qualifications. From 6 April this year onwards, however, UK immigration customers will be required to use and pay for a similar service provided by UK NARIC instead. ( Visas and immigration )

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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