25 November 2010
UK Visa cap and immigration changes announced by the Home Secretary
The UK Home Secretary announced a number of changes to immigration policies in respect to Tiers 1 and 2 of the points-based system this week.
As well as limiting the number of skilled non-EU workers businesses can bring into the country, the Home Office is tightening the intra-company transfer route, which will sit outside the annual limit.
Other changes include closing the Tier 1 (General) category and reforming categories under Tier 1 to only allow entrepreneurs, investors and people of exceptional talent into the UK.
The new measures include:
Introducing an annual UK Visa limit of 21,700 for those coming into the UK under the skilled and highly skilled routes – 20,700 under the skilled route and 1,000 under the new ‘exceptional talent’ route;
Raising to £40,000 the minimum salary for those coming through the intra-company transfer route for more than 12 months;
Restricting the highly skilled tier of the PBS to all but entrepreneurs, investors and the exceptionally talented;
Requiring occupations in Tier 2 to be at graduate level.
Further details of these UK Immigration changes will be published before they are implemented in April 2011.
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