UK IMMIGRATION RULES TO BENIFIT TIER 2 GRADUATE HIRES

As part of upcoming changes to the UK’s immigration system, the UK government is focusing on improving the process of hiring non-EEA graduate employees.

Employers will continue to be able to recruit non-EEA graduates from UK universities without needing to test the resident labour market first, and outside of the confines of the monthly cap on Tier 2 visa applications.

From October 2016, however, Tier 2 visa applications from overseas graduates will receive greater weighting within the monthly Tier 2 visa allocation system, granting them a higher chance of approval within this competitive system.

The new rules will also allow graduate visa holders to change roles within their sponsor organisation once their training period is over and they have secured a permanent position. This will allow both employers and their graduate migrant staff more flexibility in maximising the reach of in-house talent.