Since June 2011 the government have proposed plans to end automatic settlement on Tier 2 visas with the intention of breaking the link between ‘permanent’ and ‘temporary’ migration.
Currently a Tier 2 visa allows you stay in the Uk for 3 years with the possibility of an extension of 2 years. After these collective 5 years you can apply for settlement in the UK.
Summary of changes
The key proposed changes are that the Tier 2 skilled worker route will be re- branded as temporary which means those who enter the UK on this route will not automatically be applicable for settlement. However certain types of Tier 2 migrants will be considered for settlement, for example those earning over £150,000 or with specific social and economic value to he UK.
On the other hand proposed plans also include creating a new category for exceptional Tier 2 migrants who can switch to this category and apply for settlement after 3 years in the UK.
It is important that those with Tier 2 visas apply for settlement as soon as possible whilst settlement is still an option under a Tier 2 visa. It is expected that, if proposed plans take place, Tier 2 migrants, and their dependants, who do not switch to a settlement route will have to leave after 5 years stay in the UK.
What should you do
These changes will have a major affect on the UK immigration system, as a result matters can become quite complex. This is why it is imperative you seek legal advice and instruct specialist immigration lawyers. Immigration and Visa Solicitors can assist your with your applications for any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) at the outset and help you comply with the strict requirements of the UKBA requirements, thereby eliminating the stress caused in submitting such applications. Our team of experienced and professional solicitors will be able to guide you through the process step by step and eliminate the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law.
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