Immigration Controls: Foreign Workers

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Kirsty Blackman Kirsty Blackman Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to employers sponsoring workers on Tier 2 visas on potential changes to their employees' immigration status as a result of 2011 immigration rules changes requiring workers who have been in the UK more than five years to earn more than £35,000 gross per annum; and what steps she is taking to help employers support such employees.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The Home Office’s published guidance for sponsors advises employers that migrant workers may only be sponsored for a maximum of six years under Tier 2.

Employers and employees were notified that changes to settlement rules would apply to Tier 2 migrants who entered the route in April 2011, so have had more than four years to plan accordingly.

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