30 June 2010

British High Commission predicts UK visa cap will have ‘limited effect’ on New Zealanders

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The recent announcement that Britain is taking the first step to place a cap on the number of skilled workers from outside the EU will affect few New Zealanders, the High Commission in Wellington has said.

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced a temporary cap for Tier 1 and Tier 2 applications will commence on 19 July, with a permanent cap to start April next year.

A spokesman for the British High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand,  said the first steps in the plan to introduce the cap will have limited effect on New Zealanders. 

These changes do not affect the number of working holiday visas granted to New Zealanders, or those applying for visas by virtue of British ancestry.

The temporary UK Visa cap also does not affect New Zealanders currently in the UK under Tier 1 (General) and applying for an extension, or those already in the UK under another immigration category wishing to switch into Tier 1 (General). The Investor, Entrepreneur and Post-study work categories of Tier 1 will not be included in the interim limit.

The Intra company transfer, Sportsperson and Minister of religion categories of Tier 2 will not be included in the interim limit.

Last year, 418 New Zealanders were granted Tier 2 work permits so the first steps of the changes would only affect about 20 people, a British High Commission spokesperson said.

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