I still use this blog as my own personal note book of developments I might well want to look up later. I’m currently updating and re-writing the HJT Immigration Manual (ready first week of September in time for the next round of accreditation, available now for a reduced price if pre-ordering) and there are a few things I didn’t cover at the time for various reasons but which will be useful to me to set down here, and perhaps useful to others as well.
Firstly, Statement of Changes HC96, which came into force 19 July 2010. This inserts the following additional paragraph into the Immigration Rules, thereby enabling the temporary immigration cap:
63a. The secretary of state shall be entitled to limit the number of Certificates of sponsorship available to be assigned to sponsors in any one period, and to limit the number of Certificates of sponsorship assigned to any specific sponsor in any one period. These limits will be specified in the Points Based system guidance.