Immigration rule changes - February 2015

04 March 2015

On the 25 February 2015, the UK Government announced changes to the UK Immigration Rules, the majority of which are due to come into effect on 6 April 2015. The changes which will affect employers most relate to amendments being made to the Tier 2, Visitor and Overseas Domestic Worker categories.

In relation to Tier 2, the Home Office has undertaken the annual update of minimum salary thresholds and appropriate salary rates for individual occupations and has introduced a new exception to the "cooling off" period.  For the visitor category, a fundamental redesign of the structure of the Immigration Rules has been undertaken and there have been some additions to the permitted activity list.  Furthermore, employers will have to ensure that they pay the National Minimum Wage to those entering  the UK under the Overseas Domestic Worker category.

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