Statement of changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1919—analysis
Produced in partnership with Jonathan Hendry and Andrew Krisman of Qore Legal
Statement of changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1919—analysis

The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Jonathan Hendry and Andrew Krisman of Qore Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Statement of changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1919—analysis
  • Implementation
  • Definitions
  • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Start-Up and Innovator routes
  • Appendix W: Immigration Rules for Workers
  • Start-Up
  • Innovator
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • more

This analysis considers the main changes to the Immigration Rules (the Rules) set out in HC 1919.

HC 1919 was issued on 7 March 2019, along with an Explanatory Memorandum. It covers:

  1. an introduction to the Start-up and Innovator categories at Immigration Rules, Appendix W for applicants seeking to establish a business in the UK. These new categories replace the existing Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) categories. Central to both of the new categories will be endorsement of applicants by UK trusted bodies—such as business accelerators, seed competitions and government agencies, as well as higher education providers. These bodies will assess applicants’ business ideas for their innovation, viability and scalability

  2. amendments to Tier 2 (General) of the Points Based System, including:

    1. Tier 4 students who are eligible to switch to Tier 2 can apply up to three months before the expected completion date of their course instead of having to wait until they complete their course

    2. updates are being made to the appropriate salary rates in the codes of practice in Appendix J, using the latest available salary data for each occupation

    3. there is a change to the salary bands that inform the monthly quota of Tier 2 (General) visas. The government has removed the bands and instead will award one point for each £1,000 of gross annual salary