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Tier 2 skilled worker immigration route is now simpler than ever

An overview of the recent changes to the Tier 2 skilled worker immigration route - also known as the points based system route.
Tier skilled worker route is now simpler than ever

Recent changes from the Isle of Man Government has seen the Tier 2 skilled worker immigration route, also known as the points based system route, simplified and replaced with two new Isle of Man worker visas:

The Tier 2 skilled worker route previously mirrored the UK's rules and didn't reflect the Isle of Man's current skills shortage list. Employers no longer need to register for a costly ‘Sponsorship Licence’ to advertise and employ candidates from outside the EEA. This signifies a great savings in cost, time and bureaucracy. Employers simply request a ‘Confirmation of Employment’ (CoE) which is free of cost, if they fail to find a suitable settled worker. Meaning relocating employees can start their new job in the Isle of Man even quicker than before.

The changes have been made in response to feedback received from the consultation exercise undertaken in 2017 as well as feedback from current Sponsor Licence holders and other Isle of Man employers.

What changes will employers notice?

Sponsor Licences

From 6 April 2018, an Isle of Man Employer wishing to recruit non-EEA nationals will no longer be required to become Licensed Sponsors.

Certificate of Sponsorships (CoS)

The Certificate of Sponsorship will be replaced by a Confirmation of Employment (COE). An Isle of Man employer will need to apply for a CoE for all non-EEA migrant workers they recruit and there are no fees attached to the application for a CoE.

If you have any enquiries regarding the new worker visas, get in touch with one of the Locate team members, who are always happy to assist.

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