By Ana Herranz Martín, Director of Career Education at Careers Management Center at IE Business School
Are you thinking about job hunting in UK and you are non-European citizen? If you are in this situation you might want to think twice.
The UK market is very attractive for many students who want to start their job search there. At the CMC we receive a lot of questions from our students on how to better secure a job. The situation is increasingly difficult as the crisis in the whole European zone has led to countries imposing tough regulations on migrants’ legislation.
Furthermore, a few days back we woke up with the news that the unemployment rate in UK rose again in the three months to January and average wages fell to their lowest level. This is no good news if in April the UK Border Agency is to establish next year quota for those applying to Tier 2 visas.
Concerned about all these issues, we invited on campus personnel from the British Embassy to give some light on the available routes to get a visa that enable our students to work there.
These are the main conclusions:
• Most of the cases will fall under the Tier 2 route. Tier 2 (General) category is for foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker. (for further info you can check at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier2/
• You need to have an sponsor that holds a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and that has offered you a job
• If your sponsor wants to employ you in the UK to do a job that is not in a shortage occupation, the sponsor must demonstrate that there are no suitable settled workers or nationals of a country in the European Economic Area (including the UK) to fill the job.
• Limit on Tier 2 (General) workers applying from abroad. For the year from 6 April 2011 to 5 April 2012, a maximum of 20,700 skilled workers can come to the UK under Tier 2 (General) to do jobs with an annual salary below £150,000.( It seems that the quota for next year will be further reduced )
• On 15 March 2012, a written ministerial statement was laid in Parliament outlining a number of changes to the Immigration Rules.
From 14 June 2012, the personal savings you must have to support your application will increase.
Being that the situation, non-European students seeking employment in the UK have very limited possibilities to secure a job in that market and to get a sponsor can be a very stressful and frustrating process. Please be aware of these processes and, as usual, remain open to seek for a job in other latitudes.