Entry Clearances

Home Department written question – answered on 6th July 2010.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Labour, Rutherglen and Hamilton West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the proposed cap on immigration will apply to visa applications made prior to 28 June 2010.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

On 28 June we announced that interim limits would be implemented before an annual limit on economic migrants from outside the EU is introduced next April.

The Immigration Rules for interim limits were laid on 28 June which come into effect 21 days later on 19 July.

The interim limit will affect Tier one (General) migrants applying from outside the UK from 19 July. The Immigration Rules implementing the interim limit will not apply to Tier one (General) applications submitted before 19 July, even if the application is decided after that date.

The interim limit for Tier two (General) restricts the number of Certificates of Sponsorship UK based employers can issue from 19 July. Tier two (General) visa applications made prior to 19 July will not be included in the interim limit.

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