Changes to the Settlement Rules

The UKBA announced changes to the rules relating to settlement (permanent residence) applications. New applicants will need to
The UKBA announced changes to the rules relating to settlement (permanent residence) applications. New applicants will need:

  • to be clear of any unspent criminal convictions before they can apply,
  • Migrants in Tier 1, Tier 2 and their precursor routes must now pass the Life in the UK test rather than an ESOL with citizenship course. But if you enrolled on an ESOL course or gained an ESOL qualification before 23 November 2010, you can rely on that ESOL qualification in any applications for settlement, regardless of the date of your application.
  • Tier 1 (General) migrants must now meet the same income criteria that applied when they last extended their permission to stay in the UK. Migrants who have been in Tier 2 (General) or Tier 2 (Intra company transfer), or who have held work permits, must be being paid the appropriate rate as stated in the UKBA codes of practice.

These changes came into effect on 06 April 2011.

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