In February, Harley Davidson, the British manufacturer, announced plans to expand its UK production capacity by doubling the number of bikes it could produce per week.
Now the company says the decision has been reversed, with the company citing “unforeseen circumstances” that prevented the plan from taking place.
EB1 visas are used to bring people into the UK who otherwise would not be able to work.
They can be granted to foreign workers who have the right to live and work in the UK.
In this case, the EB1 program had been set up by the government, but was scrapped by the previous Conservative-led administration in December 2017.
In the wake of the EB-1 issue, Harley has said it plans to resume production, but not as quickly as originally planned.
“We have been told that we will not be permitted to continue production until further notice,” the Harley Davidson statement read.
“This is unfortunate news and we apologise unreservedly for any disruption this may have caused to our business.”
EB-2 visas are also still in place for people coming from countries with weak economies and/or who do not have a high level of English proficiency.
According to Reuters, Harley is now waiting to see whether its British production will continue, before deciding whether to renew the visa or ask the Immigration Minister to take the matter further.
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