The UK Border Agency has announced that following the Judicial Review court judgment last Friday, the government has set a new limit of 10,832 until 5 April 2011 on the number of certificates of sponsorship that are available to licensed Tier 2 sponsors under Tier 2 (General).
The level of the limit will take effect immediately.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said:
‘This ruling is about process, not policy – the policy of having a limit has not been found to be unlawful. The court’s ruling rests on a technicality, which we have set right today to ensure that from now on the interim limit is back up and running.
‘This judgment does not affect the annual cap in any way. The interim limit was a temporary measure introduced specifically to tackle a rush of applications ahead of the introduction of the annual limit.’
The UK Border Agency also announced that it will stop accepting Tier 1 (General) applications made overseas from 00:01 on 23 December 2010, effectively closing the popular scheme.
The changes are part of the overall plan by the coalition government to slash UK immigration from the’ hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands’.
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