Corporate immigration to the UK has, over the last few years, become more difficult and more complex. British Governments have felt the political need to restrict immigration into the UK, which has been deemed to be too high.
The Government has, however, consistently professed that its policies are aimed at promoting business and economic growth. It claims that its immigration policies allow the kind of immigrants that the UK needs to come here: the kind of immigrants who will invest in the UK and provide skilled input for those companies in the UK that need it.
The resulting picture is a mixed one. By and large, corporate immigration to the UK is still healthy, although restrictions have been introduced in various areas.
Most, but not all, of corporate immigration is now governed by the so-called “points-based system”, which was introduced incrementally from 2009. The points-based system is a voluminous and complex scheme which, in the corporate/investment field, consists of:
Tier 2 Work Permit Migrants must be sponsored by a UK company which holds a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence, to obtain which an application must be made to the Home Office.
There is one major corporate immigration route which is not part of the points-based system: