Latest Immigration Rule changes

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Posted on 19 Jul 2023

Latest Immigration Rule changes

On 17 July 2023, changes were made to the Immigration Rules affecting the construction and fishing industries, applicants sponsored for General Practitioner (GP) specialty training, and international students:

Good news for construction and fishing industries

The Shortage Occupation list, which offers lower salary requirements and lower visa application fees for jobs identified as being short of staff, and where immigration is a sensible part of addressing that shortage, is being expanded to include the following roles from 7 August 2023:

  • 5312 Bricklayers and masons
  • 5313 Roofers, roof tilers and slaters
  • 5315 Carpenters and joiners
  • 5319 Construction and building trades not elsewhere classified
  • 5321 Plasterers (includes dryliners)
  • 5119 Agriculture and fishing trades not else classified
  • 9119 Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations not elsewhere classified

GP specialty training

A positive change has been made so that applicants, sponsored for GP specialty training, will be granted permission to stay for four months after the end date of their training, to give them additional time to find employment with a GP practice that is a licensed sponsor.

International students

From 17 July 2023, new switching restrictions mean that international students are not able to switch in-country to sponsored work routes until they have completed their course. Students on courses at degree level or above will be able to apply before course completion, as long as their employment start date is not before they have completed their course. Those studying towards PhD will be able to apply before course completion but no earlier than 24 months after the start date of the course.

Please get in touch if you need further information on any of these changes or support with another immigration issue.

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