Tier 3 Immigration

1. What is a Tier 3 Visa?

Tier 3 visas were set up as part of the five-tier points-based system and the original intention was for them to help employers of low-skilled workers to fill temporary labour shortages. This would work in industries such as construction, where many projects are short term and there is fluctuating demand for labour. The Tier 3 visa was to replace immigration schemes such as the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme and the Sectors Based Scheme.

The intention was for Tier 3 visas to work in line with the other five-tier visas whereby an applicant would need a willing work sponsor and a certificate of sponsorship. However, the crucial difference with Tier 3 compared to other tiers, was that this would be no route to settlement in the UK, as it was specifically aimed at temporary workers. Therefore, granted visas would be for 12 months only maximum and you could not bring any family or  dependents with you, also, there were no language requirements, as any work would only be temporary.

2. Why were Tier 3 visas never implemented?

When the five-tier visa system was implemented in 2008, it was envisaged that Tier 3 visas would be for unskilled migrants, but it was eventually felt by the UK Government that there was no need for unskilled immigrants from outside the European Economic Area.

This tier was therefore never operational and was shutdown indefinitely by then Prime Minister David Cameron on 25th March 2013.

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