United Kingdom: Tier 2 General Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship Allocation Cap Reached

The monthly quota for non-European Economic Area nationals sponsored under the Tier 2 (General) Visa category has been exceeded. Applications submitted by December 5, 2017 for Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCOS) where applicants were to be paid under GBP 55,000 have been refused unless they are PhD-level jobs, a role listed on the recognised shortage occupation list, or were prioritised for other reasons.

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Dec 29, 2017
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The situation

The monthly quota for non-European Economic Area nationals sponsored under the Tier 2 (General) Visa category has been exceeded. 

A closer look
Applications submitted by December 5, 2017 for Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCOS) where applicants were to be paid under GBP 55,000 have been refused unless they are PhD-level jobs, a role listed on the recognised shortage occupation list, or were prioritised for other reasons.
Applicants whose applications are refused will be able to reapply for a RCOS next month provided the advertising undertaken by their prospective employer is still valid. There is no right of appeal following refusal.

Impact
Fragomen will notify employers of rejected applications and will discuss strategic options such as whether the application can or should be re-filed next month or whether other options exist.

Background
The current annual quota is 20,700 and a fixed number of spaces are available each month. 

The Tier 2 (General) Visa quota affects foreign nationals applying for a visa from outside the United Kingdom who will earn less than a guaranteed amount of GBP 159,600 per year or those who apply from within the United Kingdom and are switching from the Tier 4 Partner category. 

Tier 2 (General) Visa applications are processed in a priority order based on a points system: shortage occupations are awarded the most points, followed by PhD-level jobs and lastly points are awarded based on salary. Applications can also be prioritised for other reasons, such as UK graduates being recruited through a milkround, amongst others.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to londoninfo@fragomen.com.

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