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Businesses to benefit from help to recruit internationally

The Government recently announced a number of changes to the current immigration system that are designed to help UK companies attract highly skilled international workers.

The changes, which came in to effect on 13th March, include:

  • The Exceptional Talent visa route will be made available to world class experts in the field of digital technology. This move was announced at the end of last year and will allow Tech City UK to endorse top innovators and professionals in their field so that they can then come to the UK without the need for a sponsoring employer. This should make the UK more attractive to top digital tech specialists and allow the digital technology industry to attract the best global talent in the world.
  • Creating a new category for overseas government sponsored language teachers will enable teachers to share knowledge and awareness of foreign languages and cultures in the UK. The first of these schemes will support a Mandarin teaching scheme designed to foster good cultural relations between the UK and China.
  • Offering five-year grants of leave to skilled workers, instead of three, so that skilled workers have more flexibility and do not need to re-apply after three years. It will also benefit businesses allowing them to send employees on business trips overseas around the time when they would otherwise have needed to make their extension applications.

In addition a new visa regime for visitors from Venezuela will become effective from 5th May, and with effect from 1st July there will be an increase in the level of maintenance funds for student, worker and family migrants.

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