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On 23 November 2010 the UK Home Secretary announced a series of visa-related measures including a reduction in the number of visas to be made available annually to applicants from outside the European Union. The Home Secretary announced that the number of "economic migrants" (the minister's phrase) allowed under Tiers 1 and 2 of the UK points-based system of migration would be reduced from 28,000 to 21,700. In fact, the number of visas made available for skilled migrants with job offers (Tier 2) will rise 7,000 to 20,700 and the number of visas available for those without job offers (Tier 1) will fall by 13,000 to 1,000.
The Home Secretary argued that Tier 1, which was supposed to attract the best and the brightest applicants, had failed and would ultimately be closed. Tier 2 applicants would in the future only apply to graduate level jobs.
Additional restrictions were announced concerning visa for family members, students, and those seeking to convert temporary visas into permanent residence.
The measure came into force on 6 April 2011.
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