UK: Tier 1 and Tier 2, other changes in effect

A number of important changes to the UK Immigration Rules came into effect on November 24, 2016.

These include the closure of the Tier 2 ICT Skills Transfer subcategory, changes to minimum salary levels in several categories, a new requirement for certain dependents to show continuous residence, and the abolishment of the 28-day grace period for in-country.

Singapore: Employment Pass minimum salary to increase in January

On or after January 1, 2017, the minimum salary for Employment Pass (EP) applicants will increase from SGD 3,300 (approximately USD 2,427.90) to SGD 3,600 (approximately USD 2,648.62), according to an announcement by the Ministry of Manpower.

The new salary threshold is essentially for young graduates. EP holders with more years of experience will have to earn higher salaries commensurate with their work experience and skill sets, as per current practice.

UK: Skills Charge details announced

The Home Office has announced details regarding the Immigration Skills Charge that will likely apply as a tax to skilled non-EU foreign workers.  The skills charge will likely not become effective until October 2016 at the earliest.

Ireland: Foreign graduates eligible for new distinguishing stamp

A new immigration stamp – Stamp 1G - is available for foreign graduates who are authorized to work under the Third Level Graduate Scheme, according to an announcement by the Immigration Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

Previously, graduates who applied under the Third Level Graduate Scheme were granted a Stamp 2, which was the same stamp for all non-European Economic Area (EEA) graduates, regardless of whether or not they were eligible to work.