The Changes in Skilled Worker applications since 2020 – what was affected?
The previous change within skilled workers was made in July 2012, however, all new
amendments made have brought significant changes to Immigration Law. The new
change took place on the 1st December 2020, which involves Tier and a Points
Based System and the way in which all the migrants will be sponsored for the years.
The new system has now initiated a new set of rules which are divided into different
sections for the Skilled Worker Route. The following sections were Validity,
Suitability, Financial. However, after this introduction, there were no restrictions on
the number of shares an applicant can hold in a sponsoring company. Though it was
fairly important to have knowledge of the ‘genuineness requirements’ – the sole
purpose of the role should not be existing for the reason only being for a visa. Thus,
having a significant role within the business where you have the power to influence
the company’s decision can affect Home Office’s assessments towards the company.
With the ending of free movement between the UK and EU at the start of 2021, more
employers are now employing to become licensed sponsors, allowing them to recruit
EU and non-EU nationals. There have been significant changes:
1) It is no longer capped on the number of Certificates of Sponsorship for skilled
2) Employees from RQF level 3 has been reduced. This concluded that
recruiters can now employ overseas workers for roles that are equivalent to
A-level. Previously it was required at a degree level.
3) Minimum salary requirements has been reduced to £25,600.