The Tier 2 visa category permits non-EEA nationals to work for a UK-based employer.
Currently, a UK employer who wishes to hire a non-EEA national must ensure that the role provides the minimum salary requirement of £20,800.00.
From 6 October 2016, the Home Office will increase this minimum to £25,000.00 This will be the first of two planned increases, the second scheduled for introduction in April 2017 when employers will be required to offer a minimum salary of £30,000.00 to non-EEA nationals.
Certain jobs will be exempt from these increases until July 2019. They include nurses, radiographers, paramedics and secondary school teachers in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer sciences and Mandarin. In addition, any International students presently on a Tier 4 student visa will not be subject to them.
The Home Office will make further changes to the current rules in April 2017 when a new annual fee per migrant of £1,000.00, for each year of the visa, will become payable by the UK employer.
If you would like any further information on how these changes may affect you please contact Adeeb Chowdhry on Adeeb.Chowdhry@dwfmbeckman.com or by telephone on 020 7408 8888.