On the 10th September 2021, the UK Government published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The full text of these changes can be found here and an explanatory memorandum in relation to the changes can be found here.
There are a significant number of amendments to the Immigration rules being made, however the key changes are highlighted below:
- Concessions are being introduced in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme for those whose continuous residence in the UK has been affected by COVID-19.
- Concessions are also being made under the Skilled Worker Route and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), to confirm the position in relation to settlement for those in the UK under these routes and who benefitted from the COVID-19 concessions which were previously in place.
- The T5 (Temporary Worker) Youth Mobility Scheme is being rebranded the 'Youth Mobility Scheme'. Iceland is also being added to the list of Youth Mobility Scheme countries and India is being added to the list of countries where 'invitation to apply' arrangements apply.
- The Global Talent Route is being updated. Changes are being made to the endorsement criteria and evidential requirements to reflect feedback and recommendations from the endorsing bodies for the route. The list of Prestigious Prizes which make candidates eligible for a fast track under this route is also being expanded and amendments will be made to provide greater clarity.
- The Visitor Rules are also being updated to provide clarity on when employees of overseas manufacturers or suppliers can come to the UK as visitors, in order to install, maintain, service or advise on equipment, software or hardware.
Most of the announced changes are due to take effect from the 1st October 2021 and full details of all of the announced changes can be found here.