Following changes to the Immigration Rules on 6 April, Sponsors checking a migrant’s SOC code and salary MUST check Appendix J rather than the previous Code of Practice document, as some salaries have been changed. Sponsors who issue a Certificate of Sponsorship at the wrong salary below the minimum salary threshold will find their employee’s visa/leave to remain application is refused, as it does not meet the Tier 2 requirements. If they then wish to file a fresh Tier 2 visa/ leave to remain application with the correct salary rate, this will prove a very costly exercise as it will mean paying fresh visa fees, Skills Charge levy and NHS fees. 

Sponsors need to make sure they get it right the first time!