News Archive - February 2019

Tech Graduates Turned Away from UK Due to Lack of UK Work Permit Options

25 Feb 2019 | Posted by Carl Thomas

Following a £1 billion deal in the AI sector in April 2018, the UK has seen a phenomenal amount of growth in the technology industry. The increase in this sector has helped the UK to carve a space for itself in the global IT market. What's more, many experts agree that technology has begun to attract people looking to study and work with UK visas, even despite Brexit. Tens of thousands of international students are coming to the UK each year to get involved with world-class research and learning opportunities.

Unfortunately, the figures suggest that more people are being turned away from the country than accepted each month. Unfortunately, the reason for these immigration UK problems isn't that the applicants aren't eligible to remain in the UK. Instead, there's an annual cap on the amount of tier 2 work permit options available in the UK. Usually, this cap on UK visas has already been hit by the time we get 6 months into the year. Industry leaders regard the cap to be incredibly frustrating, as it's stopping emerging start-ups from getting the talent they need.

One student, Jose Alberto Esquivel came to the UK from Mexico in 2015. Originally, he had a tier 4 visa to study in the country, though he hoped to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK following his graduation. Unfortunately, Jose was forced to return home instead, due to no available UK work permit options. Jose's story comes at a time when the tier 2 work permit scheme is currently under question. The UK is now turning away thousands of applicants every month.

According to figures released in September 2018 from the Campaign for Engineering and Science, between the end of December and March 2018, over 6,000 eligible employees were rejected from the tech industry. The people who were unable to successfully obtain UK visas included people from UK universities. The problem wasn't a lack of skill. Instead, people are unable to achieve British naturalisation simply because of the yearly cap.