Immigration cap

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. 

For more information, contact Kerrie Hunt or Jeremy Nixon.

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