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These include non-substantive changes for sponsors and migrants coming to the UK under the following routes of the points-based system:
Tier 1 - entrepreneurs and investors
Tier 2 - skilled workers, including changes for senior intra-company transfers
Tier 4 - students, including extending the interim limit
Tier 5 - temporary workers, including the requirements for the government-authorised exchange category and private servants in a diplomatic household
sponsorship - revised sponsorship guidance will be published in December
In addition, there are changes to the rules affecting:
establishing a more robust and clear criminality framework to assess immigration applications against which immigration applications will be assessed
recalculating the length of time, based on the length of sentence, before we will revoke a deportation order
introduction of a re-entry ban, for some foreign national offenders who have been removed from the UK as part of a conditional caution and additional powers to end (curtail) a migrant’s visa or leave
creation of a ‘route’ for ex-armed forces to remain in the UK.
amendments to clarify the absences from the UK that are allowed during the continuous residence period for Tier 1 (General), Tier 2 and pre-points-based system work routes (for example work permits, self-employment and business person).
Family and private life
minor changes to the child and parent routes to make them as clear and comprehensive as possible
There will also be some changes to the youth mobility scheme quotas and the Tier 4 loan letters in early 2013.