On 11 June 2015, David Cameron announced new crackdowns on immigration from outside the European Union, in particular with regard to non-EU nationals applying for work permits.
Among the planned changes are measures to raise minimum salary thresholds, limit the number of work permits and the introduction of new business levies for businesses employing migrant workers, which are said to be aimed at reducing net migration to the UK.
The next step will be the review of the Tier 2 visa system, which is to be undertaken by the Migration Advisory Committee shortly. Under the current rules, migrant applicants must be offered a job with a salary of more than £20,800 and must have at least £945 in savings.
As of now the rush for applying for Tier 2 visas is on the rise. In this regard, the Home Office recently confirmed that the monthly allocation of so-called "Tier 2" visas has already been filled for June 2015. As reported, there were 1,650 allocations for June, but the Home Office will not confirm how many applications it received.