Further changes to immigration rules announced

The Government has recently published a Statement of Changes to the UK Immigration Rules which contains changes to work and study visa routes from April 2021.  This followed hot on the heels of other changes announced by the Chancellor in the Budget on 3 March 2021.

One change may particularly benefit some charities working in the social care sector. The shortage occupation list will be updated from 1 April 2021, taking into account the recommendation of the Migration Advisory Committee, include senior care workers. Roles on the shortage occupation list attract a lower salary threshold of 80% of the published ‘going rate’. 

This change is welcome news for the social care sector, which has long campaigned for senior care workers to be added to the shortage occupation list, to allow care providers to be able to recruit suitable candidates outside of the UK.

Other changes include the introduction of a new graduate route, and minor changes to the Global Talent route. The Government also, in the Budget, introduced a travel declaration form for those wishing to travel abroad for legally permitted reasons - with some of the permitted reasons being work, education and volunteering.

For a summary of the recent changes to the immigration rules, head over to our sister blog hr law live.

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