A Summary of UK Immigration Rule Changes for April 2013

Changes to UK Immigration Rules will be enforced on Saturday 6 April, 2013. A number of UK Visa routes will be affected. A statement of the changes is outlined below:

  • The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route will include extra places for ‘talented’ MBA graduates from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), based in the UK. This change is inclusive of the UK Trade and Investment’s elite global graduate entrepreneur scheme
  • The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route will undergo a divided application process freeing applicants from having to pay the entire UK Visa fee in advance. It also means that applicants will not have to submit a passport while an application is pending endorsement
  • Tier 2 will see improvements to the Intra Company Transfer route, making the route more flexible for transferees and employers carrying out the labour market test
  • The shortage occupation list and codes of conduct for skilled workers will be revised
  • Tier 4, will see changes permitting PhD students, who have completed their studies in the UK, to remain in the country beyond the end of their studies for a period of 12 months in order to find skilled work or establish themselves as an entrepreneur
  • There will be minor changes to the law regarding family and private life

Accompanying large scale changes, a series of minor adjustments will also be made to Immigration Laws. These are as follows:

  • Generic minor amendments in order to clarify the necessary requirements for granting discretionary leave to unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Alterations will also be made to the length of discretionary leave granted to asylum seeking minors in order to simplify the process and provide continuity
  • Clarification of the General Visit Visa rules
  • Updates to Tier 5 temporary worker provisions
  • Minor adjustments to the rules concerning long residence and work-related settlement in the UK
  • The introduction of a new protection route recognising stateless individuals

The above summary is based on information released by the UK Border Agency.

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