Non-EU Nationals See Affects of UK Visa Changes
The UK Visas gov process has become more complicated. Last year, the British government’s changes for non-EU visas come into play. The changes have included that applicants under the Tier 2 ICT category have to have a salary threshold of £30,000, which is an increase of nearly £10,000 from the previous salary threshold.
How has the UK Visas Gov Process Changed?
These changes to the visa are in a bid by the UK government to reduce the numbers of immigrants coming into the UK, but this change will hit Indian IT firms particularly. The ICT category of visa is one most used by Indian IT businesses in the UK, with 90% of these specialist visas going to Indians working in the IT industry. Britain’s Migration Advisory Committee reviewed all information about incoming immigrants and confirmed that the bulk of the Tier 2 ICT was applied for by Indian IT workers brought over by Indian companies based in the UK.
In addition, for the UK visas gov process, the Tier 2 General category threshold is also increasing to £25,000, but on the positive side the number of places allocated per company has risen to 20 for each year and the threshold for the Tier 2 ICT graduate trainee salary has been reduced to £23,000.
The tier 2 ICT skills transfer category has been abolished. All foreign nationals from outside the European Union will be affected by changes to the English Language requirements, which now affect a visa holder’s partner or spouse applying for settlement in the UK after 2.5 years in the country working towards a residency permit after five years. This language ruling affects partners and parents whose permission to stay expires on or after the 1st May next year.
Understanding the Other Changes
The Migratory Advisory Committee thought that immigration was reducing the need for UK employers to train local workers in favour of bringing in foreign skilled staff at a lower rate of pay. They felt that UK staff was not having the reciprocal benefit of being able to train and work in India, visas for Indians has overshadowed the recent visit that Prime Minister May made to India last year. For one, she seeks trade agreements but has yet to realise that with free movement of trade comes free movement of services in the form of skilled manpower. How the new UK Visas Gov process will shape up though is something only time will tell.