UK – Tier 2 General Visa Quota Exceeded

What has changed

This June, for the first time since its introduction, the monthly quota for non-EEA nationals sponsored under the Tier 2 General Visa Category has been exceeded.

Applications submitted by June 5, 2015 for Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) where applicants were to be paid under £46,000 have been refused unless they are PhD-level jobs or an occupation on the current shortage occupation list. Applicants whose applications are refused will be able to reapply for a RCoS next month provided the advertising undertaken by their prospective employer is still valid.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Restricted Tier 2 General Visa applicants

Applicants can expect delays and those who had an application refused must resubmit it for consideration next month. Due to a high volume of rejections this June, it is possible that applications submitted again next month with the same salary will be rejected again.

Certificates of sponsorship are allotted on a monthly basis allowing 2,250 in April and 1,650 for each remaining month. Under the points-based system, applications must meet a minimum of 32 points, however, this June applications with up to 45 points have been rejected. This is expected to continue in the upcoming months as rejected applications are resubmitted. Due to the structure of how points are allocated, it is possible that applicants with salaries under £75,000 may also be rejected.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Companies should plan for delays and take into consideration the salary level needed for success.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.


The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.

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