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On 24 March the government announced the actions it will be taking in response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s reports following its recent reviews of the Tier 2 visa category. The proposed changes are set out below:
A new Immigration Skills Charge will be levied on employers who sponsor migrant workers under Tier 2 (both General and ICT). The charge will be £1,000 per person sponsored per year from April 2017. A reduced rate of £364 per person per year will apply to small and charitable sponsors. An exemption will apply to migrant workers in PhD roles, Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Graduate Trainees, and those switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2.
Over the next 12 months we will be monitoring these changes carefully. We will provide further and more detailed updates and analysis in Autumn 2016 and April 2017 when the changes are due to come in.
In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss these changes please get in touch with your usual contact in the Immigration team.
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