Immigration policy changes bite

Posted: 8th December 2011

passport1For businesspeople from outside the EU who do not have a commercial sponsor, coming to work in the UK is becoming more difficult as the Government’s policy to cut net immigration bites.

The UK Border Agency has reformed its guidance on Tier 1 and Tier 2 under the ‘points-based’ system of immigration and is limiting the number of Tier 2 immigrants to a total of fewer than 2,000 per month.
The permanent right to remain under Tier 2 is also being made more difficult to achieve.
An exception lies for immigrants who qualify as entrepreneurs or investors, for whom the hurdles to permanent settlement have been somewhat reduced. In addition, 1,000 places are being made available under Tier 1 for people of exceptional talent.
If you are considering employing non-EU citizens in your business, take advice. For more information on the points-based system of immigration, see the UKBA website.