Business immigration — October 2013 changes

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On 6 September 2013 the UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced a number of positive changes to the immigration rules which will help UK employers. Although no major changes are planned to visa categories or eligibility, existing rules or processes will be relaxed slightly to make the UK visa system easier for businesses and employees. The key changes will take effect from 1 October and will apply to new or extension visa applications made on or after that date.

We set out below a summary of the changes which are likely to have the greatest impact on companies and their workforce.

Holders of Tier 2 ICT visas who are extending their visas beyond three years will no longer need to meet an English language requirement. This will benefit citizens of non-English speaking countries as well as companies looking to make longer-term transfers to the UK for these individuals…

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