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UK Highly-Skilled Worker Visa Applications Allotment Problems


The Tier 2 visa route has had a yearly top of 20,700 since 2011 when the plan was at first actualized. Nonetheless, since the previous 8 months the quantity of applications has surpassed the month to month assignment of accessible spots.


In June 2018, medical professionals such as doctors and nurses have been excluded from the Tier 2 visa cap for highly skilled workers. The Government’s decision was aimed at solving the NHS’ shortage of medical professionals by enabling the NHS to employ an unrestricted number of doctors and nurses from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) through the Tier 2 visa route.


Despite the fact that medical professionals accounted for around 40% of the Tier 2 allocations, the visa cap was exceeded again in July 2018 and a significant number of requests for Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship have therefore been rejected.


The pressure to bring in more professionals from outside the EEA has been growing since the number of people arriving in the UK from EEA countries has declined following the Brexit vote.


Before the Brexit vote, the cap for skilled workers had only been exceeded a few times since the system was set up. Tier 2 applications are highly technical and visas are allocated on a points based system, weighted heavily towards salary when the system is over-subscribed.


As a consequence, in June, the minimum salary for a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship to be approved was £60,000.


Under the present Migration Guidelines, the necessity is that the candidate should be paid in any event £30,000 every year or the suitable rate for the activity they are offered, whichever is the higher.


This month, in spite of the fact that the top was again achieved, the base compensation for a Tier 2 Confined Endorsement of Sponsorship to be affirmed has diminished to £42,000 every year.


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