Getting into UK likely to be tougher without job offer
1st December 2010: Planning to immigrate to UK under the highly skilled immigration route, the right time to apply is now.
For getting into the UK is expected to become all the more tough without a job offer, once the doors are shut on Tier 1 (General) visas.
In fact, prospective immigrants failing to apply before January will likely require a job offer from UK employer. Else, they have to come under another category, such as an Investor or Entrepreneur visa to gain entry to the UK.
Only recently, the Government announced its decision to go ahead with a permanent cap on skilled immigration. The decision is expected to radically bring down the annual number of skilled visas available to potential skilled migrants.
The cap, scheduled to come into force in April 2011, also entails major changes to the UK’s points based immigration system.
As of now it is clear that Tier 1 (General) visas or something similar to it will be available as an ‘exceptionally talented’ visa. It will be capped at 1,000 visas per year, as against 13,000 currently.
It is estimated that Tier 1 (General) visas are running out very quickly; and every possibility is that highly skilled immigration visas will be exhausted before January 2011.