Number of Americans seeking UK visas slips on Brexit fears

December 6, 2016 | BBC

The number of US nationals applying for highly skilled work visas has fallen by 9% in the past year because of fears about Brexit, a recruitment firm says.

DHR International said the figure represented the lowest total since 2011/12, and was likely due to skilled US workers in sectors such as banking reconsidering moving to the UK as it prepared to leave the EU.

Stéphane Rambosson, managing partner at DHR International, said: “US companies typically headquarter their European operations in London, but the advantages of that have been put in doubt by Brexit.

“Whilst the corporates consider their next moves, at a personal level the citizens are more dubious over London as their next posting. They may be starting to see London’s global competitors like Singapore and Hong Kong as safer bets.”