Tier 2: annual limit


The Tier 2 (General) limit will continue to be set at 20,700 until further notice, with no immediate plans for a further review. 

In March 2013 the Home Office announced some changes to the immigration rules. One of these changes has removed the need to continually review the Tier 2 (General) limit. 

This means that the limit will continue to be set at 20,700 places per year which will be allocated on a monthly basis unless further rules changes are made to amend it.


The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) issued a call for evidence in 2011 to help shape how Tier 2 should operate and what level the annual limit for restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) should be set at. 

The MAC also asked for evidence and comments on the potential impact of these changes on the current labour market and employers' ability to recruit to vacancies.

The NHS Employers organisation collated evidence and produced a submission which set out the main points to also ensure that NHS organisations and occupations would not be unduly penalised by the changes.

Read NHS Employers full submission to the MAC.

Keeping employers up to date

We will continue to provide employers with guidance through our website, bulletins and networks to ensure that you are kept informed and are aware of any future changes to Tier 2 and the immigration rules.

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