If you are one planning to migrate to UK or already living in UK as a migrant then it is always best for you to know the latest changes in UK immigration Law because any changes made affect you directly or directly. In this regard you can note that new Statement of changes was passed to the Parliament on the 7th of December 2017 in UK. These changes have come into effect from 11th of January 2018. What are those changes? They are as following:
Tier 1 Entrepreneur
Earlier the applicant could rely on fund or investment provided by another Tier 1 entrepreneur migrant, that migrant’s business or close family member. However the latest change means that recycling of fund will not be possible. This means that Tier 1 Entrepreneur applicants will not be able to base their application on funds already used by another applicant or family members. Additional details have also been provided on documentary evidence. Also the rules concerning job creation for domestic workers have been clarified.
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
Earlier the number of endorsement per year allowed in Tier 1 exceptional talent was 1000 but after recent changes the number of Tier 1 Exceptional talent allocated annually has doubled to 2000. The additional 1,000 visas will now be held separately on first come first server basis in an unallocated pool draw.
Also exceptional talent visa holders are now eligible to qualify for ILR after three years and not after 5 years which was the case earlier.
Tier 2 visa holders
Earlier the rule was that Tier 2 migrants had to be continuously employed throughout the qualifying period of 5 years in order to be eligible for settlement or Indefinite leave to remain. They were allowed breaks of employment for less than 60 days only. Now after the change Tier 2 visa holders with more than 60 days between Tier 2 employments will be eligible to apply for ILR after they complete 5 years of continuous employment in UK.
Tier 4 students switching to Tier 2
Earlier students on Tier 4 visa had to successfully pass their course in UK to be able to switch to Tier 2 sponsorship without the sponsor being required to undertake the RMLT. Now as per the new change Tier 4 students will be eligible to switch to Tier 2 once they complete their course and they don’t require now to wait until they get the final results. This rule change also allows certain part time students to secure Tier 4 visa. But they cannot hold the work right in UK and they cannot bring their dependents to UK also.
PBS visa dependents
Earlier the Point based system migrant who looked to apply for ILR were not permitted to be out of UK for more than 180 days in any duration of 12 month during the qualifying period but this rule did not apply to the dependents of PBS migrants. With new change however even the dependents of PBS migrants are now subject to 180 days requirement and this will apply to all ILR applications made after 11 January, 2018.
Earlier visitors who had a standard or marriage/civil partnership visa required a separate transit visa to transit the UK. But now they don’t need transit visa anymore to transit UK. Clarity has also been made that visitors are not permitted to study at an academy or a school maintained by a Local Authority.
Electronic Entry Clearance
This is a new trail by government to issue the entry clearance in electronic form and so there have been change in the rules regarding the format of entry clearance. After the trial is successful entry clearance issued in electronic form will be rolled out at a later date. This means people who have electronic clearance will only have to present their passport or identity documents at the UK border in order to be checked by Immigration Officer electronically for entry clearance. This electronic entry clearance will be trialed initially with a pilot group before it is implemented on wider basis.