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When the cap no longer fits

Ian Robinson explains how and why he devised the Home Office’s cap on tier 2 visas for skilled non-EU workers

14 April 2015

It seems likely that the current coalition’s cap on tier 2 visas for skilled non-EU workers is here to stay, whatever the outcome of next month’s election.

A year ago that would not have made much of a difference. The mechanics of the cap mean businesses need to wait a little longer to sponsor workers, but, as it has never been exceeded, they have always got their workers.

However, it looks like that will change in May because, for the first time in four years, the cap may well be exceeded.

Bruising experience

The cap is an issue very close to my heart. Before joining Fragomen I led the Home Office team responsible for consulting on how the cap would work and subsequently writing the detail in law.

The consultation was a bruising experience – the sort you could euphemistically describe as ‘developmental’. Ultimately, the team managed to create a reasonably sophisticated m...

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