Life in the UK test – changes to take effect 1 November 2018


The Life in the UK test required for all settlement applications, provides an exemption to applicants who are unable to sit the test for medical reasons. In most circumstances the evidence that will be accepted would be from a professional such as the applicant’s GP.  As from 1 November 2018, this has been extended to include evidence from alternative practitioner. This will allow the applicant to obtain a second opinion if desired and submission of these findings for exemption purposes along with the copy of the form published on for this purpose.

Home Secretary announces immigration cap for doctors from outside the EEA will not be reintroduced

In June, doctors and nurses were exempted from the visa limit of 20,700 annual restricted certificates of sponsorship for Tier 2 (General) visas applied to employees from outside the EU. 

The continued exemption was immediately welcomed by the medical profession. In other sectors, it has been noted that one of the effects of the cap has been a reduction in the salary requirements for Tier 2 applications, across the board.

People Management asked Jonathan Beech for his comments on this announcement:

 “When the NHS workers were removed from the cap, there was an immediate reduction in the minimum salary required to meet the required number of points to qualify. 

“Prior to NHS workers being removed, the salary required to qualify for a vacancy under the cap in June was around £60,000. This dropped to around £41,000 in July and then £30,000 in August and September,” he added.

“The continued exemption is extremely welcome and we are hopeful that the government decide to accept the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) recommendation that the annual cap is removed altogether – for all sponsored workers.”

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EU nationals working in higher education, healthcare and social care – settlement in the UK



EU Settlement Scheme:

Following the initial trial run of the EU Settlement Scheme in August 2018, the government has introduced its second private beta phase. This will run from 1st November 2018 to 21st December 2018 and will be rolled out to staff in higher education, health and social care sectors.

It is anticipated the scheme will fully open on 30th March 2019 after a further set of immigration rules is announced in December 2018 to be implemented in January 2019.

Under the second beta phase from 1st November, EU Citizens will need to prove their identity when applying for pre-settled/settled status and this will allow for individuals to do so remotely. The applicant’s Identity will be checked online as an integrated part of the online application process. However, the possibility to submit documents via post will remain open if the digital app is unable to read the relevant information.

Also, from 1st November 2018, an Administrative Review will be awarded under Appendix AR (EU) against any decision to either (i) refuse leave under the EU Settlement Scheme on eligibility grounds or (ii) to grant the limited leave to remain as oppose to indefinite leave to remain (ILR). Most importantly, the Administrative Review will consider ANY information and evidence submitted with the application for the review including information and evidence that was not available to the original decision maker. This is a major change from current policy.


Karen Kaur speaks to People Management – Tier 2 easing proves ‘massive relief’ for employers three months on.


Karendeep Kaur, immigration analyst at immigration law firm Migrate UK, agreed the relaxing of the cap for the medical profession had eased pressures across other sectors, but added a further relaxation may be necessary to prevent points qualifications and salary limits increasing again towards the financial year end.

“The quota of sponsorship certificates doesn’t stay uniform throughout [the financial year], so these salary levels could be driven up again,” she told People Management.


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