UK: Immigration rule changes

In March this year, the government announced its response to two reviews of Tier 2 undertaken by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in 2015.

At the time of its response, the government said the changes would come into effect in two stages, in autumn 2016 and in April 2017.

Following recent discussions with the Home Office, we understand that the government is working to an implementation date of Thursday 6th October 2016 for the autumn changes.

We understand that the two largest changes will be the closure to new applications of the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Skills Transfer route and the introduction of the Immigration Health Surcharge for the Tier 2 (ICT) route.

We must stress that presently the date is yet to be confirmed by the Home Office, but we will of course endeavour to keep you as up to date as possible.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK