December Quota For Tier 2 General Visas Exceeded

What is changing?

As of December 2017, the monthly quota for the number of migrants that come to the United Kingdom (UK) via the Tier 2 general visa route has been exceeded, with over one hundred (100) applications refused. Historically, the monthly quota has only been exceeded once, with all requests generally being granted without issue. The exact total number of refusals is not yet known, but is expected to be in the hundreds.

Who will be affected?

  • All clients planning to send an employee to the UK, or who are awaiting approval of a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (RCoS) for their employee.

What to expect

Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship

To participate in the distribution of places in any particular month, an application for a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (RCoS) needs to be made no later than the fifth day of the month. Once all the applications have been received by the Home Office, a panel of ‘judges’ decide who will get in. The first through the door are those applying in the shortage occupations and PhD level jobs. The remainder are prioritized by reference to the salary, with those on higher salaries being favored. Each salary bracket attracts a fixed number of points. If the number of applicants in a particular bracket exceeds the number of places available by more than one hundred (100), all such applications get refused. The number of places available in January 2018 will be 1,500, and only 1,000 will be offered in February 2018. The majority of applications that are refused this month will be re-submitted in January, increasing the risk of the December scenario being repeated. If this happens, employers will need to plan ahead, taking into account the possibility that migrants sponsored may not be able to come to the UK until April 2018.

Monthly allocation process

The annual quota is administered on a monthly basis with a fixed number of places being available each month. As some months are busier for immigration than others, a higher number of places is available during the months which have historically been characterized by higher demand.

The highest number of places is available in the March allocation, with the number set at 2,200. This then goes down to 2,000 in the months of April to August. From September to January there are only 1,500 places available per month with 1,000 being available in February. If any month’s allocation is undersubscribed, the balance rolls over to the following month.

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Be aware that all applications for a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (RCoS) need to be made no later than the fifth day of the month.
  • Clients will need to plan ahead, taking into account the possibility that employees sponsored may not be able to come to the UK until April 2018.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.