The UK Border Agency has today published new information regarding the Interim limit that will be introduced on Monday 19th July 2010. It is now clear that the following categories of the Points Based System will be affected by the introduction of this limit:

• Tier 1 (General). A limit will be introduced on the number of out of country Tier 1 (General) applications considered every month. All applicants will also need to score 100 points instead of the current 95.
• Tier 2 (General). A limit will be introduced on the number of Certificates of Sponsorship awarded to Sponsors. Priority will be given to the following:

o Companies who have just been issued a Sponsor’s Licence;
o Companies who wish to sponsor migrant workers to perform a role on the Shortage Occupation List;
o Companies who wish to extend a current employee’s work permit or Tier 2 visa.

All other Tiers and Sub-Tiers will remain un-affected by these limits, including the following:

• Tier 4 (Students) visa;
• Dependants;
• Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfers);
• Tier 5

The UK Border Agency has also launched a consultation of UK employers and other stakeholders ahead of the implementation of a permanent limit in April 2011. UK Work Permits will be publishing our response to this consultation document shortly.