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Home Office announces wholesale changes to the Immigration Rules

17 Mar 2022

by Sally Azarmi

The Home Office has announced an overhaul of the ‘Pre-Brexit’ immigration system and introduced several new routes into the UK. This shift brings the UK’s system closer to that of Australia – the template the Government indicated it would be using following the UK’s exit from the EU.

The new routes announced include:

  • The High-Potential Individual – to allow anyone who attended a ‘top global university’ to live and work in the UK without need for sponsorship from an employer;
  • The Scale-Up – to provide a new fast-track route for talented individuals with a high-skilled job offer from a qualifying ‘scale-up’ company to come to the UK;
  • The Graduate Trainee – to replace the Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route;
  • The Secondment Worker – a new route open to overseas workers seconded to temporary work assignments in the UK;
  • The Senior or Specialist Work – to replace the Intra-Company Transfer route;
  • The Service Supplier – to replace the contractual service supplier and independent professional provisions under the current Temporary Worker – International Agreement route; and
  • The UK Expansion Worker – to replace the current Sole Representative of an Overseas Business route.


What does this mean for you?

Unlike the Home Office’s recent announcement on withdrawal of the Tier 1 Investor route, there are no immediate changes to the Immigration Rules – rather, these will be gradually introduced over the coming months.

The new routes of entry will introduce a new set of requirements for those wishing to enter the UK. On top of this, minor amendments will be made to the current routes of entry, an understanding of which is vital to successfully completing the application process.

We will be releasing a series of articles detailing what each new route of entry will entail for applicants.

If you would like to speak to us about a possible application for any of the new routes mentioned in this article, or would like advice on whether any of the changes will affect you, please contact us for your free consultation

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