Anti-immigrant Freelancer Body Hails Tier 2 Visa Changes

The British Government decision to amend the Tier 2 Visa Programme has gone down well with many with the Association of Independent Professionals (IPSE) that crusades for more curbs on the immigrant manpower in the UK being one of them.

The organization has reportedly expressed it happiness over the latest improvements made to the Tier 2 Visa Programme. The group stated that it is rather happy the administration took the decision to act on the proposals made by the anti-immigration, Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

The administration put into operation many Tier 2 Visa improvements on April 6, 2016, with more amendments likely later in the year and during the month of April next year, as component of plans to cut-down the UK immigration figures, and lessen the figure of immigrant employees in the UK on the Tier 2 Visas. Allegedly, the improvements will trim down the dependence on the foreign labour force on the Tier 2 Visas by the British firms/groups.


The IPSE is incredibly biased against the movement of qualified manpower to the nation. Its actions are not much different from those of a Trade Union. It is making efforts to put a ceiling on competition for work by the foreign people in Britain.

The present Tier 2 sponsorship licence and Tier 2 visa structure is already excessively complex. It is exceptionally tough for people to cater to the different conditions. Several recruiters/firms have just given up on the Tier 2 Visa arrangement. They have made a decision not to worry trying to take up the badly required workers from outside the European Union (EU). Maybe, this is what the Government is interested in.

UK Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visas, Income Rates

The IPSE was rather content with the improvements made to the Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa, referring to a written announcement issued to the House of Commons by the Home Office.

As per the declaration, the Home Office will make restructure the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) stipulations in tune with its international trade obligations, to proffer a path for higher-ranking managers and experts.

Every intra-company transferee will have to meet the criteria under a single visa category with a minimum salary threshold of 41,500 Pounds. The omission will be the Graduate Trainee class, where the present salary threshold shall be decreased from 24,800 to 23,000 Pounds and the number of trainees that a recruiter may bring to the country shall be increased to 20 from 5.

Countless freelancer groups have reportedly alleged that the visas in question have been exploited, particularly by big outsourcing firms, which move employees across the globe, undercutting local employees.

Nearly All Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Applicants Will Be Required To Be Paid 41,500 Pounds

Come April 2017, and the UK immigration requirements will undergo change so that the bare minimum salary threshold of 41,500 Pounds will be applicable to the largest part of the Tier 2 intra-company transfer visas. Reportedly, 41,500 Pounds or the suitable rate as per the instructions (whichever is higher) is the present minimum salary necessity for the long term Tier 2 intra-company transfer visas.

Presently, the Short-term Staff, Graduate Trainee or Skills Transfer candidates have to take home not less than 24,800 Pounds or the suitable rate under the Tier 2 visa Intra-Company Transfer path.

The IPSE has been leaving no stone unturned and fighting for improvements to the system for many years, and asserts that its earlier structure wrongly affected contractors in the IT segment. The group proclaimed that the improvements should help to positively address the exploitation of ICT rules by big outsourcing firms.

Meanwhile, Andy Chamberlain, the Deputy Director of Policy, IPSE, has reportedly stated that it’s wonderful to witness the Government accept the Migration Advisory Committee’s suggestions and move forward with a rational approach, to fix a structure which is just not suitable for the object.

For a long time, one has been worried that ICT permits are open to misuse from the clients looking to reduce their wage bill. Far too often, the IT contractors find themselves unjustly moved as large IT outsourcing companies take advantage of the laws to import workers from out-of-the-country. The latest declaration should assist to level the playing field for self-governing professionals managing their individual IT micro-businesses, he added.

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