29 February 2012

Following the recommendations of the MAC in November 2011, the UKBA introduced new Immigration Rules relating to settlement in the UK. For the first time a minimum income requirement was introduced of at least £35,000 for Tier 2 General migrants in order to be able to settle in the UK effective from 6 April 2016 (the settlement option for Tier 2 Intra-company transfer (ICT) migrants was abolished for those entering the UK after 6 April 2010).

A maximum stay in the UK of 6 years was also introduced with retrospective effect from 6 April 2011 for all Tier 2 General migrants and a cooling off period of 12 months was introduced on 6 April 2012 for all Tier 2 migrants who leave the UK following the expiry or curtailment of their Tier 2 visa. Thus, Tier 2 migrants may not return to the UK in this category until 12 months have elapsed. Click on the date above to read the full update.