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UK imposes cap on non-Euro migrants

world Updated: Dec 24, 2010 00:20 IST
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Within a week of a British court striking down the interim cap on professionals from India and other non-EU countries, the Home Office made necessary changes to the measure and announced that the cap until April 2011 was 'legal and up and running'.

Last week, the high court had ruled that the interim cap was 'unlawful' on the ground that the measure has been introduced without parliamentary scrutiny.

Immigration Minister Damian Green confirmed that the interim limit on skilled workers from outside the EU was 'legal and back up and running' after changes had been made in light of the ruling.

Thus, between now and April 2011, Green announced that a limit of 10,832 visas is in place for skilled workers from India and other non-EU countries.

A permanent cap will be in place from April 2011.

"By explicitly giving the figure to Parliament, the policy now satisfies the Court's judgement", official sources said.

The temporary cap was introduced in July 2010 to control the number of visas granted to skilled and highly skilled workers.