There are a number of UK Immigration changes that will be implemented in April 2017. It is important that UK visa applicants take note of the various changes, in order to prepare themselves for these changes, and where possible to apply beforehand, in order to avoid the more strict requirements.
One of the important changes that applicants should take note of is that the UK Government intends to extend the requirement to provide criminal record certificates, to Tier 2 visa applicants (and their adult dependants), coming to work in education, health, and social care sectors from April 2017.
According to the UK Government, this extension of the requirement will strengthen safeguards against those with a criminal history seeking to come to the UK. The criminal record certificate will be required from every country in which the applicant (Tier 2 Visa applicant and adult dependant) has resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the 10 years before making the UK visa application.
The UK Home Office said that the new criminal record requirement would apply to Tier 2 applicants covered by one of the following standard occupation classification codes;
1181 – Health services and public health managers and directors
1184 – Social services managers and directors
2211 – Medical practitioners
2212 – Psychologists
2213 – Pharmacists
2214 – Ophthalmic opticians
2215 – Dental practitioners
2217 – Medical radiographers
2218 – Podiatrists
2219 – Health professionals, not elsewhere classified
2221 – Physiotherapists
2222 – Occupational therapists
2223 – Speech and language therapists
2229 – Therapy professionals not elsewhere classified
2231 – Nurses
2232 – Midwives
2312 – Further education teaching professionals
2314 – Secondary education teaching professionals
2315 – Primary and nursery education teaching professionals
2316 – Special needs education teaching professionals
2317 – Senior professionals of educational establishments
2318 – Education advisers and school inspectors
2319 – Teaching and other educational professionals not elsewhere classified
2442 – Social workers
2443 – Probation officers
2449 – Welfare professionals not elsewhere classified
We thus advise prospective Tier 2 UK Visa applicants working in these fields, to apply for their criminal record certificates as soon as possible, in order to avoid possible delays, that might, in turn, affect their UK visa application.