UK visa becomes expensive new rules to affect many Indians

The UK home office had announced new rules for Tier 2 category of visas, a route used by many Indians. Companies in the UK hiring workers from outside the EU now will have to shell out an additional 1,000 annual “Immigration Skills Charge “.

“Set at 1,000 per employee per year, and a reduced rate of p364 for small or charitable organisations, it (Immigration Skills Charge) is designed to cut down on the number of businesses taking on migrant workers and incentivise training British staff to fill those jobs,” the home office said in a statement.

An exemption to the charge will mean that it will not apply to PhD-level jobs and international students switching from student visas to working visas – “a key protection to help retain the talented workers and students who are vital in helping the British economy grow,”