UK Immigration Update – April 2018

April 20, 2018 All, UK
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UK Immigration Update – April 2018

TIER 2 GENERAL QUOTA OVERSUBSCRIBED FOR 5 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS Annual Quota Skilled workers applying to come to the UK under the Tier 2 General route are subject to a monthly…

TIER 2 GENERAL QUOTA OVERSUBSCRIBED FOR 5 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS

Annual Quota

Skilled workers applying to come to the UK under the Tier 2 General route are subject to a monthly quota. There is an annual limit of 20,700 places which is divided into 12 monthly allocations with a higher number of places available between April and September. March has the lowest allocation set at only 1000 places in comparison with 2,200 available in April.

 

Application process

To apply as part of a monthly quota, licenced sponsors are required to submit a request for a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship. The deadline for these requests is the 5th of the month with decisions starting to come out from the 11th of the same month onwards.  Shortage Occupation and PhD level roles are given priority while the rest of the requests are prioritised based on salary. If a number of requests in a particular salary band exceeds the remaining number of places, all of these requests get refused and the unused quota is then added to the following months’ allocation.

 

Current situation

With the exception of July 2015 when the monthly quota was oversubscribed for the first time since the introduction of the Points-based system in 2008, the allocation process had presented little to no challenge up until December 2017 when the quota was exceeded again.

From December 2017, the monthly quota has been consistently oversubscribed every month and only the roles that paid upwards of £50,000 got through. As the months of December – March have fewer places available, it was generally hoped that the tendency would end in April 2018 and roles paying below £50,000 would finally overcome the quota hurdle. Unfortunately, this has not happened and although the official Home Office data is yet to be published it appears that the minimum salary threshold for this month will be above £50,000.

 

What to expect

Considering that the monthly allocation is set to reduce over the coming months, it is not unlikely  that those on lower salaries will not be able to come to the UK under the Tier 2 General route for the foreseeable future. It is therefore important for affected businesses to start exploring alternative immigration options as part of their recruitment strategy.

Please get in touch with us if you require further guidance.

 

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