2019 04 OCT
Changes to the Immigration Rules October 2019
Certain changes will take place on 01 October 2019 and rest would be taking place on 06 October 2019
Tier 1 (investors)
Following the March 2019 Statement of changes, UK government bonds will no longer be qualifying investments for Tier 1 (Investors). The current changes make provisions for those who were already on Tier 1 (Investor) route prior to 29 March 2019 to extend or settle in the UK, provided they move their qualifying investments out of UK government bonds.
In particular, those who wish to extend their Tier 1 (Investor) leave must move their investments before 6 April 2023, while those who want to apply for indefinite leave to remain must move them before 6 April 2025.
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
Tech Nation, one of the endorsing bodies for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applicants, now provide three, rather than two, letters of support by established organisations in the digital technology sectors. This change brings those applications in line with those applying for endorsement by other designated competent bodies.
Tech Nation also wants to attract more “commercially savvy” applicants, and will take into account the commercial impact of the applicant’s previous work, achievements and experiences; and insists on applicants producing “product-led” digital technology rather than just digital technology.
The Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and British Academy are, instead, being more generous, expanding the list of peer-reviewed fellowships which will allow applicants to apply the fast-track procedure; allowing those who have held a fellowship in the 12 months prior to the application to apply; and allowing a wider range of senior academic or research positions.
Changes have been made so that students on Tier 4 (General) visas will be able to start working for Tier 2 sponsors within a period of 3 months of the completion of their degree. Students who have been supported by an endorsing body can also start their business activities whilst their application for a start-up application is pending.
Another change is being made to allow Tier 4 students studying at masters’ and PhD level will be able to start a different course of study with their current sponsor while they have leave, without having to make an application from overseas.
The new changes will remove Appendix O and the list of acceptable English language test has been updated
Last but not least, administrative reviews must now be submitted online unless the original application was made on a valid paper form.
Administrative review being introduced to EUSS cases for being denied leave to enter.
Amendments are being made to Appendix KOLL so that applicants are no longer required to provide original documents as proof of passing the ‘Life in the UK’ test but need instead only to provide the unique reference number for checking.
Doctors, dentists, nurses or midwives who have previously been granted leave under Tier 2 (General), do not need to meet the English language requirement for indefinite leave to remain. The exemption only applies to the knowledge of English language requirement and they are still required to satisfy the knowledge of life in the UK
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