I was wondering if anyone might be able to clarify this for me. I am about to extend my visa at the end of this year, but what is confusing is if next year we will have to pay the new Immigration Skills Charge because I am an existing Tier 2 worker? What is also confusion is that what is posted in the exemptions, it wouldn't be applied to those who did the Tier 4 to Tier 2 route, which is what I did initially with my first Tier 2 application almost three years ago. So would my company be exempt or required to pay?
This is what I found on the UK GOV website:
'The exemptions to the charge apply for PhD-level occupations, migrants switching from a Tier 4 student visa to a Tier 2 working visa, and the Intra Company Transfer Graduate Trainee category. These will help the UK continue to attract talented students and the most qualified migrants, as well as protecting the UK’s world-class reputation for education and research.'
Sorry, its just we have been trying to figure this out for ages and there is no clear answer on this. Even the lawyers we talked to didn't seem to have a clue. Its so confusing.
If anyone has any ideas on the answer to this, I would really appreciate it. Thank you