ANNOUNCEMENT 13 Dec 2012

In December 2012, the British government announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.

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Inception date: 13 Dec 2012 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

On 13th December 2012, the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) eased immigration regulations for skilled worker (sponsored with a job, Tier 2) transfers. The main changes are:

  • Maximum stay is increased to a maximum of 9 years for individuals earning more than Ł150'000 annually. As previously, individuals earning more than Ł40'000 annually are allowed to stay for a maximum of 5 years.
  • Permitted time to spend out of the UK and still be eligible for settlement is now 180 days a year. Previously, the limit was 180 days over a 5 years (36 days a year on average)
  • Cooling-Off Period will start as soon as the individual leaves the country. Previously, the individual had to wait until the end of the visa duration or to go through a procedure called visa curtailment to start the cool-off period. The period itself remains the same at 12 months, which have to be spent outside of the UK before obtaining another Tier 2 visa.

 

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