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Immigration Rules have been laid in parliament confirming changes to Tier 2 of the points based system, the UK Border Agency has announced today.

Following the Migration Advisory Committee report in October 2011 to advise on the 2012-13 annual limit for Tier 2 and associated policies, the government has decided that:

  • The Tier 2 (General) limit will remain at its current level of 20,700 for the next 2 years until April 2014.
  • The skill level required by migrants who wish to work in the UK will increase. This means the number of middle-management jobs such as IT technicians and security managers will no longer be open to migrant workers. However, highly-skilled occupations such as architect, teacher or chemical engineer will still be available.
  • Additionally, the rules for businesses around advertising highly paid and PhD jobs will be relaxed. This will cut bureaucracy, meaning companies will no longer have to advertise vacancies through JobCentrePlus, where they are unlikely to get applicants for these types of jobs, but will still have to advertise more widely. Companies will now be able to select the best candidate for PhD level occupations, even if they require Tier 2 sponsorship.

The agency confirmed that the reforms will ‘continue to restrict the ability of lesser skilled workers to enter the county and deny UK residents job opportunities’.

Immigration minister, Damian Green said:

‘The government has been clear that the UK is open for business and our limit has been designed with the industry’s needs in mind.

‘We believe there is no incompatibility between economic growth and controlling migration – our reformed, more selective immigration system can achieve both.’

The changes do not affect EU workers, although the restriction on employment in the UK was extended last year by the  Immigration Minister Damian Green until January 2014.

Prospective workers will still need to have a graduate level job, speak an intermediate level of English and meet specific salary and employment requirements before they are able to work here. Those earning a salary of £150,000 or more will not be subject to the limit.

The agency added that:

‘These changes are part of the government’s radical overhaul of the immigration system. Firm action has already been taken on the student route, settlement and those coming here to work, in order to bring immigration levels back down to sustainable levels and make sure we receive only the brightest and best people. By summer the government will also have made changes to family migration routes’. Source UK Border Agency.

The government is continuing to raise the bar or level at which a non-EU migrant worker can obtain a UK working visa.

Bulgarians and Romanians are allowed to set up a business, apply for a work permit, study (Yellow Card scheme) or reside in the UK as a ‘self sufficient’ person, provided they can prove they have enough funds to support themselves.

See also:

500,000 new UK job opportunities for young people

Pret A Manger to create 550 new UK jobs

Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013

How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK

Immigrant skilled workers ‘essential to London economy’

Yellow or Blue Card Refused – Appeal or Reapply?

7 tips for completing a Yellow Card BR1 application to work and study in the UK

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email info@majesticcollege.org

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  1. K BALAJI says :

    I received a job offer from Askcarry international Seafood Company located at ASKCARRY INTERNATIONAL SEA FOOD COMPANY
    117 Warwick Way,SW1V 4HT-London England
    Tel: 00447010059435,447010059432 Fax: 0044(0)8719153389. by the name of Mr. Richard Wolf as Recruitment Coordinator.

    With an Appointment Letter dated April 10,2012, with corresponding job offer letter/ ref: ASKC/078811/JXK and Job Code : NO-769/535STORS 2230/JKHP10.

    I want to verify the legality of the company and the job offer?
    This company is genuine or fake

  2. Quite right Sam.
    You all need to start using your head to combat these fraudsters. What legitimate company asks a job applicant to send them money visa Western Union?
    If you have been scammed ask Western Union for your money back.
    And where are you Western Union? Why do you help these fraudsters and allow people to be scammed? If an ordinary man in the street ran a businesess like that they would be jailed!
    Let’s start a campaign to get Western Union to take responsibity for these transactions – just like a credit card company does.

  3. this offer is a fraud buddy.Western money trfr is one of the easiest way to fool people..so do not get trapped in this. Good luck.

  4. john ramirez says :

    Please stop the residency and the british citizenship esp. For the non E.U. Tmore nursing homes are still issuing work permits….solicitors are earning a lot of money for those who wants to stay in this country.

  5. Have you talked to your POEA? They regulate overseas jobs in the Philippines and employers and applications are supposed to go through them.

  6. Reynaldo A. Galos says :

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Good day..

    I received a job offer from Askcarry international Seafood Company located at ASKCARRY INTERNATIONAL SEA FOOD COMPANY
    117 Warwick Way,SW1V 4HT-London England
    Tel: 00447010059435,447010059432 Fax: 0044(0)8719153389. by the name of Mr. Richard Wolf as Recruitment Coordinator.

    With an Appointment Letter dated April 10,2012, with corresponding job offer letter/ ref: ASKC/078811/JXK and Job Code : NO-769/535STORS 2230/JKHP10.

    I want to verify the legality of the company and the job offer?
    and do i have to pay and send 500 british pound for the Entry Clearance fee to UK Immigration home officer in London by the name of Mr. James Williams via western union?

    I need some help on this matter…

    Thank you and hoping to hear from your office.

    Respectfully,

    Mr. Reynaldo A. Galos

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