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June reaches Tier 2 visa application limit

During the first 10 days of June, the UK reached its limit on Tier 2 visa applications from skilled non-EU migrants workers. The ‘Tier 2’ cap, which was introduced in 2011 is set at a yearly maximum of 20,700 – split into an average of 1,725 applications per month.

The Prime Minister recently announced ‘This government is on the side of working people: in the past, it has been too easy for businesses to recruit from overseas, undermining those who want to work hard and do the right thing’. His intention is to move from a ‘a low wage, high tax, high welfare society to a higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare society,"

The cap has affected the NHS greatly, who rely heavily on overseas staff and are reportedly 24,000 nurses down because of the rules. Chief executive of Barchester Healthcare, Pete Calveley, said: "We are seeking to employ nurses from India, the Philippines and South Africa because in general they are of an exceptionally high calibre. However, we are unable to recruit them.

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