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A new immigration cap has been announced by the government, slashing the number of skilled non-EU workers moving to the UK to 21,700. But the good news is, Aussies and Kiwis coming here on a Youth Mobility Scheme visa won’t be affected.

new immigration cap has been announced by the government, slashing the number of skilled non-EU workers moving to the UK to 21,700. But the good news is, Aussies and Kiwis coming here on a Youth Mobility Scheme visa won’t be affected.

Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visas are outside the new immigration cap, so if you’re from Australia or New Zealand (South Africans are not eligible) and under 30 then you can still apply through this route to come to the UK.

If you’re already in the UK

If you’re already in the UK under one of the skilled visa categories then the new immigration cap won’t affect you, as it only applies to those applying to enter one of the skilled categories for the first time.

If you’re in the process of extending your current skilled visa from within the UK then you will similarly be unaffected by the change. However, if you need to go home to re-enter on a new visa then the new rules will affect you as of April 2011.

So who is affected by the new immigration cap?

Firstly, the Tier 1 (General ) Visa will cease to exist from April 2011.

This route will be restricted to all but Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Investor) categories with the introduction of the ‘exceptional talent’ route (ie, sports stars and scientists) of  which only 1,000 will be available for the year April 2011 – April 2012.


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