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Immigration rule change eases pressure on overseas recruitment

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It will become easier to hire overseas workers

Architectural practices, vets and web designers will benefit from lower administration charges when searching for international talent, following changes to UK immigration rules.

They are being added to the shortage occupation list (SOL) which gives work visa priority to those working in these occupations.

It also means employers can advertise job vacancies to all nationalities and will ease concerns among businesses which rely heavily on international talent.

The SOL is a list of occupations recognised by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) as being in national shortage, which they assess would be sensible to fill, in part, through non-EEA migration.

Announcing the changes, immigration minister Seema Kennedy said: “Giving British-based businesses the access to the brightest and best global talent is a key priority for this government.

“That is why we have made it easier for employers to hire skilled workers, such as vets and web designers, that this country needs to flourish.”

Reversal of May Student policy

International students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduation to find a job, under new proposals announced by the Home Office.

The move reverses a decision made in 2012 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May that forced overseas students to leave four months after finishing a degree.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the change would see students “unlock their potential” and begin careers in the UK.

The change will apply to students who start courses at undergraduate level or above from next year onwards.



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