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Immigration Skills Charge – another burden on Tier 2 sponsor employers

Immigration Skills Charge – another burden on Tier 2 sponsor employers

  • 08/03/2017
  • Answered by Red Square London’s Immigration Specialist, Oliver Westmoreland – Ответил наш Специалист по Иммиграционным Вопросам, Оливер Вестморлэнд
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IMMIGRATION BLOG

Immigration Skills Charge – another burden on Tier 2 sponsor employers

8 March 2017

British employers who are Tier 2 sponsors already have to pay significant sums: to the Home Office for the privilege of holding a sponsor licence, for 50issuing certificates of sponsorship, for renewing the licence, and so on. Employers cannot – with some exceptions – employ non-EEA migrants without a Tier 2 sponsor licence.

Now another cost is being levied on them: from 6 April 2017 a new “Immigration Skills Charge” will in many cases be payable by organisations which sponsor new non-EEA employees. This new charge has two aims: to deter employers from employing so many non-EEA migrants and to provide funds for improving skills and training for resident workers so that – so the Home Office hopes – employers will not have to look abroad so much for skilled employees in future.

Very basically, the charge will be at a rate of £1,000 per year per employee for large companies and £364 per employee per year for small companies, but there are various exemptions. If you would like more information about this you are welcome to contact us.

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