UK Immigration

UK Student Visa changes

Student visas continue to be a battleground between business interests and the governments stance on overall immigration. There is no question that foreign students make a positive contribution to the UK  - currently it is estimated they add £8 billion a year to the UK economy. Based on previous growth rates this was expected to double by 2025. 

UK government alienating businesses with immigration caps

The UK governments ham fisted approach to quotas on Tier 2 work permits has made waves with a lot of employers for all the wrong reasons. The outrage has been uniform across a range of industries. In the words of Boris Johnson, the mayor of London a "...cap could be very detrimental to the free movement of the talented, creative and enterprising people who have enabled London to be such a dominant global force."

Immigration Quota's introduced in UK Tier 1 and Tier 2 permits

The government has introduced an interim quota covering Tier 1 and Tier 2 visa's. This is merely a preamble to firm quota's which will be enforced soon.

Additionally the Tier 1 threshold has risen to 80 points.

The quota system for Tier 2 permits shouldn't affect our providers so much - because the quota's are tied to company sponsors and not to individual applicants.

It would appear that if you're planning to come to UK under the former highly skilled migrant program... you better hurry!