The government of the UK took some unexpected steps to change some of the country's immigration rules. The announcements were made in early December 2018.
The new rules and changes to expect in 2019 are as follows:
The Innovator Immigration Route Visa will Replace Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa
This new visa will focus more on experienced business persons. The Home Office revealed that this new visa will require an applicant to get an endorsement by a business sponsor. The sponsor will assess the applicants’ business proposal based on its innovative, scalability and viability sides.
A new start-up visa route
Earlier this year, the UK government announced that it would introduce a start-up visa scheme
. The visa will require applicants to get endorsements from sponsors who are either into business or from institutions of higher education.
More announcements in this visa will come in 2019.
Tier 1 investor visa. Still valid?
UK'S immigration minister, Caroline Nokes had on the 6th of December, 2018, announced that the Tier 1 investor route
would be suspended starting from December 7, 2018. According to her, new rules for the visa will be introduced for the visa in 2019.
Surprisingly, the UK government
halted the suspension that was supposed to take place.
The Tier 1 exceptional talent Visa will be open to architects
The UK'S Home Office announced that the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa
will from 2019 include architects. Architects will get their endorsements from the Royal Institute of British Artists.
New Tier 5 rules for religious and charity workers
Religious and charity workers will no longer be able to renew their tier 5 visas immediately after its expiry. Rather, they will from 2019, have a waiting period of 1 year before they can reapply for the visa. The Home Office wants to use this method to stress that the Tier 5 visa
is not a permanent one.
Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme for workers from non-EU countries
Come 2019, and the UK government plans to introduce a seasonal worker visa that will have two-year validity. The government plans to bring in up to 2,500 of these workers to come work in UK farms to fill in the labor shortages in farms in the UK.
With this scheme, non-EEA workers will do seasonal UK jobs for up to six months working in farms in the UK.
The kick-off date for this visa has not been announced yet.
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