£35000 salary threshold for settlement to be introduced in 2016

Changes to the Immigration Rules will be made in April 2016 requiring anyone applying for settlement from Tier 2 to earn a minimum of £35,000 a year.

The changes, which were first announced in February 2012, will affect anyone here on a Tier 2 visa who entered the country on or after 6 April 2011. This means anyone applying for settlement on or after 6 April 2016 must meet the new salary requirements.

The exact requirements are that you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Earn at least £35,000 a year (with this amount rising to £35,500 in 2018, and again in later years)
  • For jobs requiring PhD or other high-level qualifications, earn the salary rate as set out in Shortage Occupation List during your residence period.

Note that if you worked in a shortage occupation or PhD level job during your residence period but then moved on to another role before applying for settlement you don’t have to ear £35,000. If you have changed job like this, the higher threshold doesn’t apply. Instead you have to have met the salary requirement for the job you were originally sponsored to come to the UK to do.

You can find the details of the changes on page 2 of Appendix I of the Immigration Rules.

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