Immigration changes November 2015

For applications made on or after 19th November 2015:

Applicants making claims under the various categories in the UK must be aware that they will be affected by the new changes to the Immigration Rules announced 29th October 2015. These changes include:

Asylum Claims:

  • EU nationals making asylum claims will be deemed invalid unless there are exceptional circumstances to which they will be considered
  • Clarification of circumstances in which obtaining refugee status will be withdrawn

Family/Private life:

  • A child’s application for Entry Clearance will be refused where the Secretary of State believes that the sponsor or sponsor’s partner poses a real possibility of risk to the child

Settlement claims:

  • A secure English language test will need to be taken by those applying for indefinite leave or naturalisation whom otherwise rely on an English language qualification
  • As of 6 April 2016, a new minimum threshold will take affect for Tier 2 settlement. The minimum earnings threshold will start from £35k and will increase each year when an application is made on or after 6 April

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent):

  • Amendments have been made to the endorsement criteria used by Tech City UK. This is to further reflect the skills and experience of target applicants who are likely to progress and contribute to advancing the UK digital technology sector

Tier 2 and 5 of the points-based system:

  • The Tier 2 shortage occupation list will now also include nurses and four digital technology jobs
  • Greater clarification of the charity worker rules for sponsors and applicants
  • The list of government authorised exchange schemes will  include slight amendments
  • For 2016 there will be an annual allocation of places available under the youth mobility scheme


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