Immigration Skills Charge

The introduction of an ‘Immigration Skills Charge’ has made it more expensive for UK employers to hire skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

Workers from outside the EEA must be sponsored before they can apply for permission to work in the UK. Under the Immigration Skills Charge Regulations 2017, employers must pay the charge for every sponsorship certificate they assign to a skilled worker. The charge is set at £364 for small firms, charities and universities.

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