The anticipated Immigration Skills Charge is expected to come into force 6th April 2017.
From this date, employers who are sponsoring workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will be required to pay the charge which is £1000 per year, or £364 per year for small and charitable businesses. Employers are not required to pay for workers’ family members (dependants).
The Home Office have confirmed that the skills charge will apply to Tier 2 workers applying via the ‘General’ and ‘Intra-company Transfer’ route from inside and outside of the UK.
The Immigration Skills Charge does not apply for employers sponsoring:
- Non-EEA nationals who have applied before 6thApril 2017 and are applying from within the UK to extend their Tier 2 visa.
- Tier 2 ICT graduate trainees
- Workers in a specific PHD level occupation
- Tier 4 students switching to Tier 2 General.
If you require assistance with a UK immigration matter, please contact our offices on 01793 836010 for an assessment of your situation.