UK Visa Rules Tighten for Indian IT Workers

Tougher UK visa rules for Indian IT professionals

The British PM Gordon Brown has announced the plan to tighten the UK immigration rules for the Indian IT professionals seeking to migrate to the UK under inter-company transfers. This tougher rules take effect from January, 2010.

From 2010, workers in this category – inter-company transfers – will need to have at least 12 months of experience. At present, the professionals in this category only need 6 months with their employer before they can be transferred to UK.

Also, the immigration category will be closed as a route to permanent settlement in the England.

What this means is quite simple: IT professionals who come to England under inter-company transfer rule will not be allowed to settle permanently even after the mandatory stay of five years, as in the past.

An employer can also fill vacancies in its UK operations by bringing across some of its existing foreign-based staff Under the intra-company transfer. Many experts have claimed in the past that this loop-hole enables jobs in the IT (as well as in other sectors) to be filled by the immigrants who are paid less than the resident workers. The Home Office, however, said that this claim or speculation was not true.

According to the Home Office, workers coming to the UK in the Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) category must be paid the same going rate.

So, UK continues to deliver on the promise from the British PM Gordon Brown last month, outlined plans to tighten the UK immigration rules.

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