On 11 March 2016, the Government published its latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. At the time, it had not yet fully considered the Migration Advisory Committee's review of Tier 2. (Please click here for coverage of its subsequent report to MAC).

  • The Government has decided not to increase the 20,700 annual allocation of available restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) for the year ending April 2017. Instead the Home Office has revised the monthly quota of restricted CoS available for allocation in order to reflect the seasonal demand for places more effectively. There will, for example, be a higher number of restricted CoS available to UK sponsors during the busier summer months and a lower quota during the winter months.

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  • The minimum salary threshold for those applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain on a Tier 2 visa will increase to £35,000.
  • The maintenance requirements under Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) are to be amended to clarify that when sponsors certify maintenance, they are confirming the applicant will not claim public funds during the period of their leave