Tier 2 immigration skills charge from April 2017

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An Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) is being introduced as part of upcoming changes to the Tier 2 (General) immigration route from 6 April 2017. The ISC will be paid by employers who recruit skilled workers from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) through the route. This will have implications for your recruitment activities outside of the EEA.

Key points to consider

  • The charge is a flat rate of £1,000 per person per year of the sponsorship.
  • Employers must pay the ISC upfront at the point a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) is assigned to an individual.
  • Exemptions apply to Tier 4 students switching to Tier 2, PhD occupations and the individual's family (dependants).
  • The ISC does not apply to CoS assigned to individuals before 6 April 2017 or to existing Tier 2 workers already in the UK before 6 April 2017 who extend their stay or change job or employer.
  • The funds raised from the ISC will be used to address the skills gap in the domestic workforce. We are awaiting further details to be released by The Department of Education.
Please visit our Tier 2: policy changes page for more information.

For more information on all of the upcoming Tier 2 changes, download our Tier 2 policy changes infographic and factsheet.

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