Annual Limit on Non-EU Workers

The annual limit to reduce the immigration of non-EU workers into the UK has come into force. Under the annual limit, employers will be able to bring only 20,700 people from outside the EU to work in skilled professions under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. A further 1,000 visas will be made available to people of 'exceptional talent,' those who experts believe will make the biggest contribution to science, engineering and the arts in the UK.
The annual limit to reduce the immigration of non-EU workers into the UK has come into force. Under the annual limit, employers will be able to bring only 20,700 people from outside the EU to work in skilled professions under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. A further 1,000 visas will be made available to people of 'exceptional talent,' those who experts believe will make the biggest contribution to science, engineering and the arts in the UK.

Prospective workers will need to have a graduate-level job offer, speak an intermediate level of English, and meet specific salary and employment requirements. Those earning a salary of £150,000 or more will not be subject to the limit.

Intra-Company Transfers are also not part of the limit, but are subject to changes. The job will have to be on the graduate occupation list, only those paid £40,000 or more will be able to stay for more than a year, and those paid between £24,000 and £40,000 will not be allowed to remain in the UK longer than 12 months.

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