A simple guide to the updated Immigration Act 2016


28 July 2016
On 12 May 2016, an updated version of the Immigration Act came into force. According to the government website, the overall aim of the updates was to:


Whilst some sections of the Act came into force immediately, other sections need to be brought into force by commencement orders at later dates. The first commencement order brought some sections into force on 31 May and others on 12 July.

We have summarised the key changes below.



In April 2017, a new ‘annual skills levy’ will also be imposed on employers sponsoring Tier 2 migrant workers or extending existing Tier 2 visas. This will be £1,000 per migrant for large employers and £364 for small employers or charities.

If you’d like to find out more about ensuring compliance with the updated Act, particularly if your company employs migrant workers, get in touch with Garth Coates Solicitors today.


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