On 24 November 2016 the following changes will come into effect.
• The salary threshold for experienced workers (ie: those aged 26 or more, or anyone applying for a period of more than three years) has been increased to 25,000 p.a. except for a few specialist roles such as nurses, medical radiographers, paramedics and secondary school teachers in certain subjects.
• The salary must also comply with the relevant SOC Code which is usually more than £25k anyway.
• Those extending their Tier 2 (General) visas between now and next April 5th, are excused this requirement, but from that date, the limit increases further to £30,000 p.a. or the SOC amount, whichever is the higher.
• Applicants sponsored in graduate training programmes can now change occupation – ie SOC Code – within the programme without the need for a resident test and new application.
• Nurses continue to be a shortage occupation but now a resident labour market test must be carried out before a CoS can be issued.