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Criminal Record Certificate is required for part of the new Tier 2 applicants and their dependants from April 2017

22 Nov 2016

On 17th December 2016, Home Office published a new requirement for part of the new Tier 2 applicants and their dependants. From 6 April 2017, those applying to come to the UK for employment under certain SOC codes, and their adult dependants, will be subject to the requirement under Paragraph 320(2A) of the Immigration Rules to produce a criminal record certificate from any country in which they have been resident for 12 months or more, consecutively or cumulatively, in the previous 10 years, aged 18 or over. From January 2017, sponsors must start informing prospective employees at the point they assign their COS that they may become subject to this requirement by the time they make their application. This will enable them to begin seeking certificates where needed at the earliest opportunity, and to lodge a complete application for entry clearance sooner. Affected SOC codes are:


2217 Medical radiographers

2218 Podiatrists

2219 Health professionals not elsewhere classified

2221 Physiotherapists

2222 Occupational therapists

2223 Speech and language therapists

2229 Therapy professionals not elsewhere classified

2231 Nurses

2232 Midwives

2312 Further education teaching professionals

2314 Secondary education teaching professionals

2315 Primary and nursery education teaching professionals

2316 Special needs education teaching professionals

2317 Senior professionals of educational establishments

2318 Education advisers and school inspectors

2319 Teaching and other educational professionals not elsewhere classified

2442 Social workers

2443 Probation officers

2449 Welfare professionals not elsewhere classified


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