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Immigration Skills Charge updated list of exemptions


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An amendment to the Immigration Skills Charge Regulations 2017 is due to come into force on 1 January 2023. The regulations state that businesses sponsoring overseas workers, subject to certain exemptions, must pay a charge each time a certificate of sponsorship is assigned to that worker.

The amendment adds to the list of exemptions in regulation 4. Businesses that bring EU citizens to the UK under certain visa routes will, from 1 January, not have to pay the Immigration Skills Charge. The exemption applies to those entering the UK under the Scale-up route or intra-corporate transferees on the Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker route, where they are covered by the commitment made in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement 2020 (under Article 140(5)(d) to (g)).

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