South African professionals likely to benefit from UK relaxation on visa requirements

South African professionals likely to benefit from UK relaxation on visa requirements

- The UK government has announced it will no longer include doctors and nurses in the cap on Tier 2 Work Visa’s

- According to immigration consultants, Breytenbachs the monthly cap on this visa was reached each month since its introduction

- The relaxation of the requirement means more doctors and nurses will be able to work in the UK and will also free up space for other professionals such as teachers and IT workers

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The government of the United Kingdom (UK) has announced that as of 15 June 2018 it will no longer include doctors and nurses in the monthly cap on Tier 2 work visa applications. This relaxation will come as good news for South African professionals who want to work in the UK.

According to immigration consultancy firm Breythenbachs, the monthly quota for Tier 2 Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) was reached each month since its introduction in December last year.

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This means going forward there will be no limit on how many doctors and nurses can be employed via the Tier 2 visa. Eliminating doctors and nurses from the quota will free up space for other professionals to apply for Tier 2 visas.

Briefly.co.za gathered that hundreds of places are likely to be freed up by the move, which, will in theory, allow for more engineers, IT professionals, teachers and other professionals to enter the UK job market.

The relaxation of the quota is thought to have been as a result of a critical shortage of doctors and nurses in the UK and multiple requests from other sectors of the economy for increased access to non-EU workers.

Bussinesstech.co.za reported that obtaining a CoS was a painstaking process and companies had to reapply for the visa once the monthly quota had been reached.

The annual quota for Tier 2 Cos is set at 20 700.

If the monthly quota for a CoS exceeds the amount of those on offer the applications with the fewest points are rejected.

The system is currently biased to applications which have been placed on the Shortage Occupation List, Ph.D. level positions and graduate positions.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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