A new Immigration Skills charge to be imposed on UK Tier 2 Visa

Posted on March 21, 2017

According to the new change in UK visa policies, from April 6, 2017 a new Immigration Skills Charge will be imposed on Tier 2 Visa. This charge will be specifically for the employers who hire foreign workers, non-EU professional by the means of the UK Tier 2 Visa. This visa is used by employers who are unable to find talent in the UK call skilled workers from outer nations and allow them an official stay of five years & fourteen days (or with extension six years).  It is believed that a yearly fee of £1000 in addition to the existing visa charges will be imposed on employers.

It is believed that a yearly fee of £1000 in addition to the existing visa charges will be imposed on employers. This means that if an UK employer is hiring an Indian Engineer for a three-year employment, he will need to pay an additional £3000 for making this move successful. This new charge has brought a rage within many businessmen, especially those who are unable to find right talent for their business in UK and are forced to bring talent from outer nations. In this context, Sean Mckee, Director of Policy & Public Affairs at London Chamber of Commerce said this tax would affect both the firms of UK and the migrant crowd.

Sources reveal that besides this, changes to the Seasonal Worker’s Scheme may also come into effect soon. This would eventually exclude seasonal workers from the net migration target and give way to thousands of such workers to work in the United Kingdom for a period of six months or less. However, there is yet no confirmation on when these changes may come into effect.