Important Immigration Changes - Spring 2015

    View Authors March 2015

    A number of immigration-related changes have occurred recently with more coming into effect over the coming months. Changes coming into force on 6 April 2015 include:

    • an NHS surcharge for non-EEA migrants applying for a visa or for further leave to remain for six months or more (with limited exceptions)
    • an increase to the minimum salary requirements for roles qualifying for Tier 2 Sponsorship
    • updates to the appropriate rates for individual occupations as set out in the codes of practice
    • the Tier 2 ‘cooling off’ period will no longer apply to migrants who have been granted less than 3 months Tier 2 leave in the UK.

    In addition, the issuing of Biometric Residence Permits to overseas nationals has begun.