New Rules for Tier 1 and Tier 2 and other changes to the Immigration Rules

tier 1, tier 2, immigration 19 March 2010

On 6 April the Government will make significant changes to Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the points-based system, as well as to marriage visas for members of the armed forces, asylum and English for Speakers of Other Languages. The changes were announced today by Borders and Immigration.

Minister Phil Woolas.

The Government has accepted changes to Tier 1 recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee

(MAC), and has set out further details of how it will implement changes the MAC recommended to Tier 2.

The changes include new points tables for Tier 1 and Tier 2, a simpler route for very highly skilled workers without Master's degrees, greater flexibility for short-term transfers by multinational companies, and more protection against such transfers being used to fill long-term vacancies that should go to resident workers.

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