It is often (wrongly) thought that the above minimum salary for ILR is the actual minimum. In reality, there are 2 rules on Tier 2 salary for ILR, so a sponsor has to be paying the highest of them.
Rule 1: the minimum as above. Below that minimum ILR application won’t succeed.
Rule 2: the salary has to still be paid at the appropriate level, as per the Code of Practice for the given SOC code (occupation).
Example 1: a migrant is working under code 2421 Chartered and certified accountants. Experienced salary level is £29,000 pa (for 39 hours per week). ‘ILR minimum’ salary is £35,800 if the date of application is on or after 6 April 2019. Therefore, the Tier 2 sponsor has to increase salary to ‘ILR minimum’.
Example 2: a migrant is working under code 2419 Legal professionals not elsewhere classified Experienced salary level is £48,200 pa (for 39 hours per week). ‘ILR minimum’ salary is £35,800 if the date of application is on or after 6 April 2019. In this case, the Tier 2 sponsor has to pay minimum £48,200 pa because it is higher of 2 ‘minimums’.
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