UK visas set to get more tough, expensive from Thursday

04 April, London

Tougher and more expensive visa rules announced by the UK last year are set to take effect from Thursday, affecting Indians and other nationals from outside the European Union.

The Tier 2 category of visas, a route used by many Indians and other nationals from outside the EU, will undergo major set of changes under the new rules.

Companies in the UK hiring workers from outside the EU, such as Indians, will have to shell out an additional 1,000-pound annual “Immigration Skills Charge”, announced in March last year.

The latest charge is among a wider changes made to the Tier 2 visa regime in an effort to cut immigration numbers from countries outside the EU and tighten visa regulations.

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