There have been a few changes to minimum salaries for roles at RQF Level 6 and above.
As is usual at this time of the year the Home Office have made changes to the minimum salary requirements for “New Entrants” – those under 26 or graduates switching in-country – and “Experienced Workers”. However these changes are generally slight, and some have even fallen. Typical examples are:
- Civil Engineers: NE: £25,700 up to £27,500. EW: £31,600 up to £33,300
- Quantity Surveyors: NE: £23,400 down to £22,600. EW: £30,400 up to £31,800.
- IT Project Managers: NE: no change at £31,200. EW: £36,000 up to £39,900
- Veterinarians: NE:£25,200 up to £27,100. EW £32,300 up to £36,300
- Sales Accounts and BDM’s: £25,100 up to £26,500. EW: £33,300 up to £34,800
Please note that these figures are based on a 39-hour week. All of the new minimum salary requirements can be found in Appendix J of the Tier 2 immigration rules by going to this link:
The Home Office are on the look-out for sudden increases to salaries where these neatly satisfy ILR requirements.
The minimum salary requirement for ILR is currently £35,500 p.a., and this increases again in April to £35,800 p.a. Some employers, whose staff fall under this limit, increase salaries just in time to satisfy the ILR requirement, but the Home Office are now looking more closely at these increases. They may ask to see appraisal records to show how salaries are reviewed and any criteria applied to justify such increases.
So if you employ staff whose salaries fall well under the £35,800 limit, you may wish to consider increasing these in stages over time to avoid these questions being asked. Needless to say, any increases must be appropriate to the work the sponsored worker is carrying out.
The Home Office is planning to increase passport fees this year, with postal costing more than online applications.
Currently, a standard adult passport or renewal costs £72.50 regardless of how the application is made.
The fee will rise to £75.50 for online applications and £85 for postal applications.
Charges for children’s passports will go up from £46 currently to £49 online and £58.50 in the post.
The changes are underpinned by new fee-setting powers given to HM Passport Office under the Immigration Act 2016 to give it the resources it needs to process six million applications a year.
The changes have been earmarked to come into effect in just a few weeks.
If they are signed off by Parliament, they will come into force on March 27.