Some of you would have read that on Tuesday, the UK Government released a document that states changes that it will make to the existing visa regime. The 60 plus page document is here.
Much of the media focused on easier routes to entry for startup entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. But buried on page 57, section 7.9 of the document is a paragraph that reads :-
”No changes, other than those set out in 7.16 and 7.17 below, are being made to the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) Category, which caters to international graduates who have studied in the UK and want to work following their graduation.”
The reason I call this a (non) announcement is that this is NOT a response to the proposed changes to the Tier 4 student visa, under which there were proposed changes to the Tier 1 PSW visa.
I don’t know when the UK Government will announce its position on those proposed changes but you might find it interesting that MPs of the Home Affairs Select Committee have advised the Government to drop plans to abolish post study work visas.
Again, buried in the document are changes which will make it easier for holders of a PSW visa to switch to Tier 2 sponsorship. From 6 April, Tier 1 PSW visa holders in employment will be able to switch to Tier 2 after six months, and they will not be counted under the Tier 2 cap. The cap of 20,700 Tier 2 sponsorships a year will only apply to out-of-country applications.
I know that this issue has been a hot topic for discussion. I am not an immigration lawyer and so I can’t give any sort of advice but I will update this blog as and when there are news.