The point based immigration system is going through some fundamental changes.The aim of these changes is to facilitate the immigration to the United Kingdom post-Brexit, fill in quickly the vacancies left vacant by the EU nationals and fill the current gap in the highly skilled sector including NHS, Finance, Banking and Information Technology.
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- Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa
- Tier 1 Investor Visa
- Tier 2
- Tier 5
- Seasonal Agricultural Worker
Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa
Under the current proposal Tier, 1 Entrepreneur will be completely abolished. This route will be replaced with new categories of Tier 1
- Tier 1 Innovator Visa
- Tier 1 Start-up Visa
- Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visas for Architects
Tier 1 Investor Visa
Tier 1 Investor visa has proved to be a troubled category for the Home Office. The new applicants were stopped from submitting fresh applications from Midnight 7 December 2018, however, the Home Office has announced that they have not suspended this category. The Home Office is accepting fresh applications for Tier 1 Investor Visa; However, the Home Office intends to change the procedure and requirements.
Changes to Tier 1 Investor Visa
The most important issues with Tier 1 Investor visas are money laundering, connection with financial fraud, dubious characters and activities of the investors. Under proposed changes, the applicants have to go through a thorough and rigours process. They have to prove that the funds are from a legitimate source and also, they have to invest in Public Companies instead of gilts, bonds and other risky financial investments
Tier 2 routes for highly skilled workers will also undergo some technical changes. The changes are aimed to further toughen the criteria for Tier 2 Visa. The exact details of the changes are not available at the time of writing this news article.
Tier 5 is also under the radar of the Home Office for further changes. Under a clampdown on Temporary Religious Worker category, these religious workers are restrained and prohibited from filling the roles of Minister of Religion.
The Home Office has also introduced a cooling off time period of 1year during which a religious or charity worker cannot apply in the same category for at least 1 year after the expiry of the previous visa of a Religious or Charity Worker.
Seasonal Agricultural Worker
The Home Office intends to Launch a pilot scheme for agricultural workers. The announcement was made in September 2018.
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