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!
Following changes to the Immigration Rules from 6 April 2017, Sponsors need to ensure that they check the correct Codes of Practice before issuing a certificate of Sponsorship as some salaries have been changed.