The UK Government’s insistence that Senior Carer Work Permits can only be renewed on a new minimum salary of £7.02 per hour has left thousands of overseas workers facing an uncertain future and job “lottery”, as employers decide their fate.
A few employers, mostly around the London area, already pay in excess of this newly imposed minimum, but the majority will not pay anywhere near this level.
Unless the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) adopts a more flexible approach on pay and stops this immoral ‘Work Permit lottery’ up to 25000 care staff will be deported and patients in care homes will be put at risk.
The new guidelines published last month, puts Senior Carers in an extremely difficult position where they cannot leave their job or change employer because, in the words of the BIA, new Work Permits will be “rare”.
The only choice they have is to stay put and hope that they are one of the lucky ones whose employer is willing to pay them £7.02 per hour.
I am still receiving hundreds of calls and emails every day from worried overseas carers and whilst I usually cannot properly advise a client unless they have come in for a free consultation, here are my 7 tips for Senior Carers trapped in the Work Permits lottery:
1. Do not leave your job
If you move to another employer, you will almost certainly not get another Work Permit and you might as well go directly to the airport and take the next flight home.
2. Seek Professional Advice
Go and see an OISC registered immigration adviser and look at all your options. Most advisers should offer you a free consultation.
3. Talk to you employer
Communicate with the decision maker in your organisation. If you are not being paid at least £7.02 per hour, try and convince them that you are worth it.
4. Start your own Campaign
5. Join a union
A ‘no brainer’. Major Unions, such as Unison, have massive funding and can support members.
6. Look at Alternatives
Think laterally and look at alternative ideas – are there any other ways you could stay in the UK, for instance on a student programme combined with paid work? Are there other countries which need your skills like Canada or Australia?
7. Take Action!
If you have been refused a Senior Carer Work Permit and would like advice and a free consultation please email me at:
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