Prior to the election, David Cameron took a tough line on immigration, vowing to bring annual net migration figures down from about 170,000 a year to just “tens of thousands”. At the time, the Liberal Democrats attacked proposals to cap immigration, but have since agreed to back the policy as part of the Government’s coalition deal.
We can expect the exact numbers and restriction measures that will be put into place to be revealed sometime during the year and these will be enforced in April 2011.
In the meantime, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced the Government’s plan to introduce a temporary cap, which will limit the number of non-EU workers coming into the UK between now and April 2011 to just 24,100.
The temporary cap is of course aimed at preventing a rush of applications prior to the permanent cap being set.
“This is something we have known was pending, with the impact still largely unknown at this stage,” says Robyn Cory, Visa Manager at 1st Contact.
“We advise that all those that currently qualify take advantage and apply as soon as is possible to ensure a reduced affect of this new policy on their dream to live and work in the UK.” continues Cory.
“Immigration law and policy changes are highly volatile at this stage and it is always advisable to contact an experienced and reputable visa agent like 1st Contact Visas, who are able to help manoeuvre through the immigration minefield “.