Immigration Skills Charge

The Immigration Skills Charge came into force on 6 April 2017. It requires Employers who sponsor skilled workers under Tier 2 of the immigration points-based system to pay a levy of £1,000 per certificate of sponsorship per year (£364 for small employers and charities).

The new charge is a government initiative to reduce Britain’s reliance on migrant workers and to upskill British workers.

Exemptions to the charge apply to PhD-level occupations and international students switching from student visas to working visas.
Other changes affecting employers who employ workers under Tier 2 are as follows:

  • From April 2017, the Government introduced a requirement for those workers coming to the UK under Tier 2 for certain posts in education, social care and health sectors, to obtain criminal records certificates from the countries that they have lived in over the last 10 years.
  • The Tier 2 (general) salary threshold increased to £30,000 from 6 April 2017 for migrants who are ‘experienced workers’.
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