Under new immigration laws, from 6 April 2016, UK work migrants will have to earn a minimum of £35,000 to be able to stay in the UK. Tier 2 visa work migrants will only be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain also called permanent residence if they meet the threshold of £35,000 annual salary.
The new rules targets migrants under:
- Tier 2 (General) visa category
- Tier 2 (Minister of Religion), and
- Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa categories
who, typically after five years in the UK, would want to stay and apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR). The £35,000 earning requirement will not apply to anyone in an occupation on the shortage occupation list and to scientists and researchers in PhD level occupations.
Migrants who do not meet the new minimum income threshold now have less than 12 months until the new immigration rules come into force to find a solution if they want to continue to work in the UK. Tier 2 migrants paid below £35,000 applying for ILR after April 2016 will need to either find another visa with which to stay in the UK on or extend their Tier 2 visa by another year and then leave after a total of six years in the UK.
Sectors that will suffer most from the new rule are education and healthcare. It is expected that the number of non-European Union/EEA nationals and their dependants granted permanent residence each year will be reduced from 60,000 to 20,000 with this new measure.
If you are on a Tier 2 visa and would like assistance applying for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), Migreat can connect you with a solicitor/lawyer who is an expert on immigration by visiting this migreat.com page dedicated to ILR applications.
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