Global Career Link has helped over 30,000 Australasian professionals to find jobs in the UK in the last 15 years and believes UK visa changes have little impact on the ability of Australasians to work in the UK, contrary to current media coverage of changes to the Tier 2 General Visa.

“We do not believe that the restrictions on the number of Tier 2 General Visas available in the UK has had the disastrous effect on relationships with Australasians and UK employers that recent articles would have you believe,” said Gretchen Lund, 100% UK Ready Campaign Manager at Global Career Link.

Restrictions on the availability of the main sponsorship visa – Tier 2 General Visa – impact nationals from all non-EU countries, not just Australia and New Zealand. However, we believe that any effect on Australasians has been minimal when you examine the data and see that the majority of them enter the UK to work on Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visas.

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Proportionally, Tier 2 General Visa’s granted to Australasians has halved from 6% in 2009 to about 3% of all sponsorship visas granted in 2014.

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The UK Immigration Statistics from the Home Office data shows that the Tier 2 General Visa numbers granted has doubled since 2009, but the number of Aussies and Kiwis granted this visa type has stayed the same.

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The impression that there will be a breakdown in the unique relationship that Australasians have with the UK is misleading and contrary to reality. Workers are still highly sort-after and well thought of in the UK job market.

UK sponsorship“Migration is a hot political topic in the UK at the moment. However no one country has been targeted, there are more sponsorship visas available, Aussies and Kiwis just have to be more proactive in getting them,” said Lund.