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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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8 Responses to “New Tier 2 Working Visa limit set following Judicial Review”
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  1. said mwanderi says :

    I would like to obtain a working visa. Am a special needs teacher. What can i do to aquire the vsa? Am a kenyan.

  2. No problem if genuine and done properly

  3. How easy is partner unmarried application

  4. TRACEY says :

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I arrived in the UK on a working holiday visa on the 21/12/04 – I worked at Chiswick Community School (hounslow Borough)-Secondary School Design and Technology Teacher for most of this time I then transferred to St Mark’s Hounslow (Hounslow Borough). This was later changed to a work permit whilst employed at St Marks. I later gained employment at Richard Challoner School (Kingston Borough). An application for sponsorship and a successful Tier 2 General entry was later approved giving me the right to remain till 2013.

    The Richard Challoner School is now changing to an Academy meaning my employer will need to apply for sponsorship etc. I was intending to resign from this position from 31st August as on the Monday 15th August we were going to UKBA in Croydon to change to a spousal visa as at this time we wish to move out of London and gain employment independent of sponsorship.

    My concern is identifying the easiest way to go about remaining in the country with a number of options.

    I am marrying a Britsh National on the 13th August 2011. I have registered for a certificate of approval (but this was cancelled by UKBA and I am awaiting return of my passport). We are marrying in the catholic church and the priest has known us for over a year.

    We have also been living together as a couple since Dec 2008. Though the rent and most bills are in my name except for council tax. Neil has deposited half of the rent and bills into my account every month since december 2008 but this would be our only real evidence. I lived in the flat first and as it is rented through a friend’s Dad he was happy not to put Neil on the lease and I felt this was a sensible move as it was our first place together and you never know if things will work out well.

    I am uncertain of the easiest way to change over. I am out of the country on the weekend of 16th June for a friends wedding and on a honeymoon from 16th August to 4th September so my passport needs to be with me.

    Thankyou in advance for your advice and support.

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