Introduction of minimum pay threshold for skilled workers wishing to settle in the UK

The Government has introduced a minimum pay threshold of £35,000 for skilled workers, who have entered and work in the UK under Tier 2, and wish to settle in the UK. The threshold applies to Tier 2 migrants applying for settlement from April 2016 (i.e. those who entered the UK under the rules in force from 6th April 2011).

In addition, temporary leave to remain in the UK as a skilled worker has been limited to a maximum of six years. This applies to those workers who entered the UK under Tier 2 after 6th April 2011.

The necessary changes to the Immigration Rules came into force on 6th April 2012.