UK Closes Skilled Worker Visas Forever -- with Just Two Days’ Notice: Global Visas comment

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A surprise government decision to close UK Tier 1 visa applications has created outrage within UK immigration consultancy Global Visas.

Global Visas is shocked by the government’s snap decision to cut off UK visas to skilled workers with effectively no notice.

The UK Border Agency today announced it would no longer accept UK Tier 1 Visa applications from December 23 onwards.

The press release announcing the measure can be found here:

The decision comes as a shock to the UK immigration industry. It permanently ends the highly skilled UK work permit (Tier 1 Visas) with just two days’ notice.

This is because when submissions reopen in April 2011, the Tier 1 category will have changed dramatically and will no longer be available to skilled workers.

As one of the world’s largest immigration consultancies, Global Visas represents thousands of UK visa applicants each year, many of whom have expressed fury at the news.

Global Visas director Liam Clifford was outraged by the decision. He said:

“Yet again the highly skilled people the UK needs to drive our economy are being denied access. At the same time as record numbers are enquiring with us to emigrate.

“The UK needs a strong government prepared to stand up for business and listen to employers and at the same start dealing with the real immigration problem in the UK from fake asylum seekers, drug dealers, pimps and every other type of low life allowed to make the UK their home.

“Enough is enough. To fight their issues with immigration the UK must first remove the scum of this earth before denying access to skills desperately required.”

One Global Visas client said this morning’s announcement came without warning, placing his visa application in jeopardy.

“I feel like I’m in limbo. I have spent a lot of time and money preparing my application and now have been given just two days to submit before I’m locked out forever,” he said.

Global Visas is available for comment on this issue. Today’s announcement marks an important shift in UK visa policy. It will have a profound impact on our consultancy and we are keen to discuss this further.

Media contact:
Global Visas
0207 190 6583


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