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UK SBS quotas temporarily extended

The Sectors Based Scheme quota for 2004-05 will continue to operate beyond 31 May 2005, the day that the quota was due to end.

As announced on 21 January 2005, the SBS pilot is currently the subject of a comprehensive review. Applications, in the meantime, are still being accepted. Ministers are considering the outcome of this review and an announcement about the future of the pilot will be made shortly.

Pending that further announcement, Work Permits (UK) will continue to accept applications under the current quota. All existing restrictions remain in place, including the 20% limit on the number of SBS permits issued to a single nationality for each of the sectors.