New immigration rules will come into effect in April 2011 which are tighter than those recommended by the Migratory Advisory Committee. The new measures, which will be reviewed annually, include:
- That the number of skilled non-European workers that businesses can bring into the UK will be subject to an annual limit of 20,700 for those entering the UK under Tier 2 (General) of the points based system and will require occupations in this category to be at graduate level. However, the cap will not apply to those earning more than £150,000 a year.
- There will also be a tightening of the intra- company transfer route (which will sit outside the annual limit) by requiring those coming into the UK for more than 12 months to earn at least £40,000. Their total stay in the UK will also be limited to five years.
- The current Tier 1 (General) category will be abolished and replaced by a new Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category. This category will be limited to 1,000 people with excep- tional talent, the scientists, academics and artists who have achieved international recognition or are likely to do so. The Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) catego- ries will not be subject to the cap.