For UK employers, the most relevant changes under the 12 March announcement relate to the EU Settlement Scheme, indefinite leave to remain, youth mobility scheme, and immigration health surcharge increases.
This scheme enables European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members arriving in the United Kingdom before 31 December 2020 to obtain the UK immigration status needed to remain in the United Kingdom. The main changes to the scheme include the following:
A freeze on the indefinite leave to remain minimum salary requirement for Tier 2 (General) migrants will be implemented from 6 April 2020. The current minimum salary of £35,800 (or the minimum expected salary for the type of job, if higher) will not increase to £36,200 on 6 April 2020 as anticipated.
The annual allocation of Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) places for 2020 have been released. The allocation for Australia has decreased to 30,000, New Zealand has decreased to 13,000, and Canada has decreased to 5,000. In addition, allocations to applicants from Hong Kong will now be selected at random.
The Home Office has announced that the immigration health surcharge (IHS) fee, which entitles overseas migrants to use the National Health Service, will increase from £400 per year to £624 per year. In addition, the discounted rate for students, their dependants, and Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) migrants will increase from £300 to £470 per year. All children under the age of 18 will receive the discounted £470 rate.
The new fees will apply to non-EEA nationals from October 2020 and to EEA nationals from 1 January 2021.
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