UK Immigration Update

UK Immigration Update

Mon 08 Mar 2021

The latest statement of changes to the Immigration Rules has been announced by the Home Office and will take effect from 6 April 2021.

Key changes:

Graduate visa

The new Graduate visa will be open from 1 July 2021 allowing international students who have successfully completed an eligible course in the UK to remain and work for up to two years (three years for PhDs and other doctoral graduates). The route allows for dependents to accompany the principle applicant to the UK.

The Skilled Worker

Changes to the salary requirement, new applicants will be required to state the salary to be worked out per hour as well as annually. Applicants must be paid at least £10.10 per hour unless one of the lower thresholds apply.

The Global Talent visa

The Global Talent visa which is for talented and promising individuals in the fields of science, digital technology and arts and culture wishing to work in the UK will change from 5 May 2021 allowing applicants who have reached the pinnacle of their careers to bypass the endorsement requirement and instead qualify if they have received a prestigious prize such as a; Nobel Prize, Bafta, Academy Award or Oscar (full list included in the statement of changes).

Shortage Occupation List

The Shortage occupation list has been expanded, to include:

  • Health services and public health managers and directors.
  • Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors.
  • Laboratory technicians. Senior care workers.
  • Pharmacists.
  • Health professionals.
  • Physiotherapists.
  • Nursing auxiliaries and assistants all healthcare professionals

The Youth Mobility temporary visa

The Youth Mobility temporary visa which allows individuals from certain countries to come to the UK to work for up to two years, Japan and Canada which have had allocations increased.

For further information, please contact:

Sue Kukadia
Director/ Head of Immigration