Policy paper

Changes affecting employment-related settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers

Information on changes to immigration rules for Tier 2 workers’ settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers.

Documents

Changes affecting employment-related settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers: statement of intent (PDF file - 1mb - Warning: large file)

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Employment-related settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers consultation: summary of responses (PDF file - 395kb)

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Employment-related settlement consultation findings (CSV) (Comma Separated Value file - 11kb)

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Employment-related settlement consultation findings (Excel) (Microsoft Excel file - 72kb)

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Impact assessment relating to tier 2 (PDF file - 292kb)

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Impact assessment - overseas domestic workers (PDF file - 402kb)

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Policy Equality Statement (PDF file - 365kb)

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Detail

Information on changes to immigration rules for Tier 2 workers’ settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers. And the introduction of a new visitor route for permitted paid engagements. 

Changes to the immigration rules were laid before Parliament on 15 March and come into force on 6 April 2012. The statement of changes regarding the rules is available on the UK Border Agency website. See the written ministerial statement announcing these changes. Impact assessments are available to download below.

These changes follow the consultation ‘Employment-related settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers’, and were announced in a written ministerial statement on 29 February 2012.

A note about the financial impact assessments

The financial impact assessments were prepared according to the approach previously adopted for cost-benefit analysis. However, the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published a report on 10 January which concluded that there are a number of shortcomings in the impact assessment methodology.

In particular, the MAC felt that the impact assessment process gives undue prominence to the net present value (NPV) calculation but that the unreliability of NPV estimates in this policy area mean that this figure does not adequately reflect the costs and benefits and that qualitative evidence should be given more weight.  The Government is considering the implications of the MAC’s recommendations and how best to reflect them in future impact assessments. In the meantime, readers should note the caveats to the current methodology that are presented in the MAC’s report.

Further information

You may also be interested in the latest analysis of Tier 2 General Migrants previous salary and occupation of those eligible to apply for settlement.

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