Students who worked as interns in the UK last summer and want to return to a graduate job with the same company are now temporarily exempt from 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. This is similar to the arrangements we put in place for intra-company transfers last year.
To qualify for the temporary exemption, which is available until 31 October, you must:
o be sponsored by the same company where you worked as an intern in the summer of 2011;
o 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;
o have completed a degree course within 18 months of your application; be returning to the UK on a graduate trainee scheme; and
o be making a Tier 2 (General) application with a start date on the certificate of sponsorship of 31 October 2012 or before.
Tier 5 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.