Tier 2 (General) Visa Numbers Set to Fall
Unlike some other categories of visa, the number of applications for the Tier 2 General visa have remained consistent over the past two years, showing only a minor reduction. Whereas, for example, a tightening up of the conditions affecting the Tier 1 Entrepreneurial visa class has seen their number dramatically reduced, the levels of application for Tier 2 general applications remain stable at around 28,000. However, the figures for 2016 are anticipated to show a fall.
In 2014, the figure for Tier 2 general applications was 28,985. That figure fell to 27,805 in 2015, a reduction of 4%. This is broadly in line with figures for other visa categories.
A Brake on Applications
The numbers of Tier 2 visa refused remained similar throughout 2014 and 2015 however there was a slight increase in the numbers refused. To give a breakdown, 1,720 applications were refused in 2014 and 1,990 were refused in 2015. The figures for invalid applications were 695 and 565 respectively in 2014 and 2015.
Air of Uncertainty
All of the above is inevitably liable to some variation in the wake of the UK’s Brexit vote. The current uncertainty surrounding precisely when and how this will be implemented, and the means by which various visa categories will be managed is already generating a certain amount of debate and lobbying. In practical terms, the current arrangements are likely to remain in place for some time to come, and that seems highly likely to put a brake on the number of Tier 2 (General) applications for the foreseeable future.
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