New Immigration Rules relating to Tier 2 and Tier 5

A number of amendments to the Immigration Rules have come into effect today, including changes to the following:
• Tier 2, to improve the flexibility for intra-company transferees and for employers carrying out the resident labour market test (RLMT).
• The shortage occupation list and the codes of practice for skilled workers.
• Updating the provisions in Tier 5 for temporary workers.

New Immigration Rules relating to Tier 1

A number of amendments to the Immigration Rules have come into effect today, including the following changes relating to Tier 1 migrants:
• Amending the Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur) route to include additional places for talented MBA graduates from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This will also include the UK Trade and Investment’s elite global graduate entrepreneur scheme.
• Amending the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) route to split the application process so that applicants will no longer have to pay the full fee in advance. This will also mean applicants will not have to submit their passport to the Home Office while their applications for endorsement by a designated competent body is being considered.