22 October 2010

UK Border Agency shuts out skilled migrants as October UK Visa limit reached

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The UK Border Agency announced yesterday it will not issue any more visas for highly skilled migrants from outside the EU after reaching the limit imposed for October.

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The UK Border Agency has announced no new Tier 1 visas will be issued this month as the quota for October has been filled.

No more UK Visas will be issued in October as the new monthly limit of 600 Tier 1 (general) visas has already been reached. Applications from highly skilled migrants will still be accepted but no more visas would be issued until 1 November, the agency announced.

If you have an outstanding Tier 1 application, there may be a short delay in issuing your visa if your application is successful. Once the UK Border Agency restart issuing visas at the beginning of next month they hope to process applications as quickly as possible.

However, applicants who need to get their passport back in an emergency will need to withdraw their application. The agency stresses that application fees will not be refunded if the application is withdrawn.

UK immigration officials say that if the 600 visa limit is not reached in any one month, the unused capacity will be carried over to the following month.

An interim UK Visa cap was introduced in July in preparation for the permanent cap that will come into effect from 1 April 2011. The interim limits apply to all new applicants under Tier 1 (General), except for extension applications and in-country applications. Applications under Tier 2 (General) are limited by the number of Employer Sponsorship Licences that are issued.

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