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Uk New visa restrictions to effect Indians and non EU nation from 6th ...

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06 April 2017

A progression of new visa restrictions that will influence Indian and other non-EU nations become effective from April 6, including a ‘immigration skills charge’ of £1000 every year, higher compensation edges and a well being extra charge.



The abilities charge has been set up with a view to ‘boosting businesses to put resources into training British staff’, official sources said. The funds collected are intended to be put into programmes to provide skills to British nationals. It is required per non-EU employee enrolled, every year.

The measures will significantly expand the cost of application for Tier 2 visas by employers and is proposed to decrease Britain’s apparent dependence on non-EU workers. After Brexit, similar checks might be applied for EU nationals looking to work in the United Kingdom.

The restrictions come when the Theresa May government is quick to extend a more open part for the United Kingdom subsequent to leaving the EU. India is among the key nations it plans to produce a free trade agreement, while Indian agents have regularly specified mobility (visa) of professionals as a vital part of negotiations.

New curbs will likewise apply to the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visa, which is for the most part issued to Indian IT and different companies to transfer employees their workplaces in the UK. From April 6, dependents of ICT visa holders and dependents  will be required to pay health surcharge of £200 every year.


The closure of the Tier 2 (ICT) Short Term Staff category means that all ICT professionals, aside from graduate trainees, must qualify under a single route with a pay limit of £41,500. The salary threshold for ICT Long Term Staff category has been reduced from £155,300 to £120,000; these high earners can remain in the course for up to nine years, as opposed to the typical five years

From April 6, non-EU nationals coming to take up employments in the UK in the health, education and social sectors will be required to outfit a police clearance certificate as a major aspect of their visa applications, adding another measurement to the visa procedure.

There are a few exceptions to the skills charge and different categories, however industry and business organisations had spoken to the government to rethink the adjustments in perspective of troubles in hiring professionals with the required skills.

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