17 January 2017
The Home Office has announced that, effective April 6, foreign nationals coming to the United Kingdom for employment under the Tier 2 category in a variety of health, education, and service occupations will be required to provide a criminal record clearance (CRC) certificate from every country where they resided for more than 12 months in the past 10 years. With an effective date of January 1, sponsors are also required to notify such foreign nationals of the new CRC requirement before assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to give them sufficient time to complete their entry clearance application.
The affected occupations include 26 specific Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes, ranging from physicians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals (including healthcare managers and directors), to primary and secondary education professionals, to probation officers and welfare professionals. For the specific job titles affected, please reach out to your Pro-Link GLOBAL Immigration Specialist.