Summer 2011 interns exempt from Tier 2 cooling off period
The UK Border Agency has confirmed that students who worked as interns in the UK last summer and want to return to a graduate job with the same company are temporarily exempt from the “cooling off” rules.
Cooling off rules, introduced to Tier 2 (General) in February this year, mean those who have left Tier 2 need to wait a year from the end of their last application before they can apply again through that route. As this exemption is temporary, the UK Border Agency has confirmed that it will not be included in the Immigration Rules.
To qualify for the temporary exemption, which is available until 31 October 2012, an applicant must:
- be sponsored by the same company where they worked as an intern in the summer of 2011;
- have previously been granted permission under Tier 2 (General) with that company for a temporary job lasting no more than 4 months as an intern or a summer associate;
- have completed a degree course within 18 months of their application and returning to the UK on a graduate trainee scheme; and
- making a Tier 2 (General) application with a start date on the certificate of sponsorship of 31 October 2012 or before.
The Tier 5 category is the most appropriate route for internships and a number of Tier 5 (Government authorised exchange) schemes are available. Employers should use these in future if they are concerned about the impact of the cooling off period on their interns.
For further information on the above or if you need assistance with Tier 2 or Tier 5 visas, please get in touch with one of our UK Immigration Lawyers by email at email@example.com or call +44 (0)20 3553 7711.