The UKBA issues a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

The UKBA have released another Statement of Changes. Whilst the changes are relatively minor, some of them may affect institutions’ students and employees.

The key changes are:

  • The evidential requirements for approved English language tests are being updated.
  • The list of legal courses that are exempt from the Tier 4 time limit study will be revised to include specified equivalent courses in Scotland and Northern Ireland including the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and Solicitors Course.
  • The Rules for dependents of Tier 4 (General) Students are being ‘restructured’ to reflect policy and practice.
  • Where the Rules refer to regulated financial institutions, this refers to institutions regulated for the purpose of savings accounts and/or student loans not for other irrelevant purposes.
  • A number of corrections have been made to the Codes of Practice, Shortage Occupation Lists and SOC codes where the wrong salary has been stated or where jobs have been missed off. Transitional provisions will be put in place so that no applicant who applies using a CoS assigned to him/her before 1 July 2013 will be disadvantaged.
  • For supernumerary researchers under Tier 2 (General) who are exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test, it has been clarified that the scientific research Award or Fellowship awarded to an applicant must be non-transferrable and not awarded by the Sponsor.
  • Tier 2 Sponsors must now apply online for a licence.
  • The lists of financial institutions in Bangladesh and Ghana from which documents can be verified and accepted for Points-Based System applications will be updated.
  • Tuberculosis screening is now required in China, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau for settlement cases and Malawi, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia generally. There will also be an authorised screening clinic in Cote d’Ivoire. This applies to migrants who originally came to the UK for more than 6 months.

The changes shall apply to decisions made on or after 1 July 2013. However, regarding changes made to the supernumerary researcher exemption, the salary rates for some experienced workers and the SOC codes for certain engineering/ technician roles, if an applicant makes an application for entry clearance or leave using a CoS assigned to him before 1 July 2013, the Rules in force on 30 June 2013 will apply. 

Eloise Di Pasqua
Education Team
For and on behalf of SGH Martineau LLP
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    This is not a good news for Bangladeshis.

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