Category Archives: Tier 5 (Working Holiday) News

UK Eases Visa Rules – 1st October 2013

Last Friday, Mark Harper, the immigration minister, announced changes which generally ease visa rules from 1st October 2013. Some of the key changes are:

  • Removal of the English language requirement for intra-company transferees.
  • Tourists and business visitors are allowed to do some study where it is not the main purpose of their visit.
  • Share ownership restrictions waived for senior staff earning £152,100 or more.
  • Artists of exceptional promise enabled to apply under Tier 1.
  • Graduate entrepreneurs will find it easier to switch into Tier 2.
  • New youth mobility scheme quotas set for 2014
  • Hong Kong will be added to the list of participating countries and territories on the UK’s Youth Mobility Scheme in order to further strenghten business, trade and cultural ties.
  • Some students will be allowed to work as interns under the Tier 5 government authorised exchange scheme.
  • The removal of the prospective student route.
  • The expansion of checks to ensure applicants for work and student visas are genuine, and that they intend to meet the conditions of leave they apply for.
  • The introducion of  powers to refuse Tier 4 extension applications where the applicant cannot speak English.
  • Dependants in the Points Based System and other work routes will be allowed to apply from within the UK, providing they are not here illegally, as visitors, or on temporary admission or temporary release. They will still need to satisfy all other existing requirements.
  • Special rules for overseas visitors to the Commonwealth Games 2014 were included.
  • With effect from the 28th October 2013 there will be changes to how applicants for indefinite leave to remain are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the English language and of life in the UK.

If you need a visa to work in IT, Engineering, Actuary or Finance Commonwealth Contractors may well be able to help.

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Croatia a Member of the EU from 1st July 2013

The Republic of Croatia became a member of the EU on the 1st July. This means that Croation nationals can now move and live freely in any member state of the EU. Member states may restrict access to the labour market for a transitional period and the UK is taking up the option to do so.

Before a Croation national can start work they may need to apply for worker authorisation also known as purple registration certificate or the purple card. Those qualifying for the purple card will generally be skilled workers who meet the criteria for the issue of a certificate of sponsorship under Tier 2 and Tier 5 of the points based system unless they are going to be employed as a postgraduate doctor/dentist, sole representative of an overseas business, or a domestic servant in a private household.

The complete Sponsor guidance is available here.

Highly Skilled Persons
A Croatian national may apply for a registration certificate confirming the holder
has free access to the labour market (a “blue registration certificate”) on the basis
that they are a highly skilled person. In order to be regarded as highly skilled, the Croatian national will have to either:

  • meet the relevant requirements of the exceptional talent category under
  • Tier 1 of the points-based system by obtaining an endorsement (e.g. a
    letter of recommendation) from a designated competent body. These
    bodies will either be The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of
    Engineering, The British Academy or the Arts Council; or

  •  in the period of 12 months preceding the date of their application for a
  • blue registration certificate, been awarded one of the following from a UK
    higher education institution:

  1. A recognised bachelor, masters or doctoral degree, or
  2.  A Higher National Diploma (HND) by a Scottish higher education
    institution.

Do you need a visa to work in IT, Engineering, Actuary or Finance?

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Taiwan is added to the Tier 5 youth mobility scheme

From 1 January 2012, Taiwan will join the list of countries and territories that participate in the UK’s youth mobility scheme, under Tier 5 of the points-based system. (more…)

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UK Immigration Statistics Reveal Increase In Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visas (UK Working Holiday)

The latest UK Immigration Statistics reveal a significant increase in the number of Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visas (UK Working Holiday Visas) approved in Australia and New Zealand in 2010 when compared to Tier 5 Youth Mobility UK Immigration Statistics compiled during the recession. Between October 2009 at February 2010 Australian Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa approvals increased by 45% and New Zealand Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa approvals by 230%. (more…)

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Australians & New Zealanders Contracting in the UK

Each year thousands of skilled Australians and New Zealanders travel to the UK on Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visas (formerly UK Working Holidaymaker Visas) to work for a period of up to two years. Many enjoy the experience so much that they plan to return on alternative Visas such as Tier 1 (formerly HSMP) or Tier 2 (formerly UK Work Permit). However, in recent times many have found they have been unable to qualify due to tighter immigration requirements and issues surrounding Contracting Vehicles.

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa

In November of 2008 the Youth Mobility subcategory of Tier 5 replaced the old Working Holidaymaker Visa. For a period applications were down due to tighter requirements surrounding, in particular, the maintenance requirement (i.e. the amount of funds required to qualify for a visa). Today, the number of applications has returned with 2,804 Australians applying in the final 3 months of 2009 and 536 New Zealanders.

Tier 5 Visa Applications submitted in Australia:

  • In December 749 Tier 5 Visa Applications were submitted
  • In November 1,108 Tier 5 Visa Applications were submitted
  • In October 947 Tier 5 Visa Applications were submitted

Tier 5 Visa Application submitted in New Zealand:

  • In December 186 Tier 5 Visa Applications were submitted
  • In November 211 Tier 5 Visa Applications were submitted
  • In October 139 Tier 5 Visa Applications were submitted

Moving to Tier 1 or Tier 2 in the future

If you are working as a Contractor in the UK on a Tier 5 Visa and you would like to apply under Tier 1 General (formerly HSMP) in the future you need to ensure that your contract income qualifies against the Previous Earnings requirement. If you use a Contractor Limited Company you may find it difficult due to the income structuring involved (traditionally an artificial salary of £12k per annum is taken by the contractor and the remainder of income is taken in the form of dividends, which do not attract National Insurance Contributions (NICs)). If you wish to apply under Tier 1 in the future Commonwealth Contractors can help to ensure that your contract income qualifies under Tier 1 while also maximising retention. For more Information call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get back to you.

If you do not hold a Masters Degree you will not be able to apply for a Tier 1 Visa. However, many skilled Australians and New Zealanders have found gaining Tier 2 Work Permit Sponsorship a great alternative. If you are an individual with skills and experience difficult to find in the UK you may qualify for a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit).

Commonwealth Contractors

Commonwealth Contractors is a collection of highly skilled professionals from the Commonwealth and beyond. We partner with OISC Registered Immigration Partners capable of professionally representing a Tier 1 Visa Application / Extension and Tier 2 Licensed Consultancy & Associated Trust Partners who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor a doctor on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit).

To find out more call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your details now and we will get right back to you. Please be prepared to send a copy of a recent CV so that we can pass to interested partners.

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Working Holiday to Tier 1 Update

Thousands of Working Holidaymakers & Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) Visa Holders will once again look to make the move to Tier 1 General in 2010 following the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation that Bachelors Qualifications should be reintroduced into Tier 1 General. (more…)

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