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The European Union opened the door to allowing countries to reintroduce national border controls in order to police illegal immigration, in response to growing fears about whether it can handle an influx of North African migrants, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Bringing back border checks would be allowed only under exceptional circumstances, but the measure would nonetheless be a step toward reversing unhindered travel across most of the bloc’s internal borders, one of the EU’s signature achievements.

“I’m worried that borders might be back,” said Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary-general of the Council of Europe, the Continent’s principal official human-rights organization. “This could be a very bad thing for Europe.”

Concerns about immigration are particularly strong in Italy and France, which have borne the brunt of a recent influx of some 25,000 North Africans, mostly Tunisians, who took advantage of the temporary chaos to leave their home countries.

Opponents of cracking down on migrants say that number is just 10% of annual immigration to the EU, and that more than 600,000 Libyans have fled to Egypt and Tunisia.

The politics are influenced by renewed fears of immigrants wearing out social services and taking jobs at a time of tight budgets and high unemployment. When Italy’s Mediterranean island of Lampedusa was overwhelmed by immigrants, the Italian government gave temporary residence permits en masse to all asylum applicants who landed before April 5.

Some 25,000, almost all of them, have since disappeared inside Europe, most heading to France, because they speak the language. As French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is threatening to use the immigration issue to siphon votes from President Nicolas Sarkozy in presidential elections less than a year from now, it is becoming a headline issue.

French authorities admit they already are carrying out some spot checks, amid protests from pro-immigration groups and despite receiving a slap on the wrist from the European Court of Justice in 2010 for doing so.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Sarkozy met with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the two sent a letter to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso asking the EU to “examine the possibility of temporarily restoring internal border controls in the event of exceptional difficulties in managing the common external borders, under conditions to be defined.”

The commission, the EU’s executive arm, responded by proposing Wednesday that EU countries be given the right to reinstate border guards in “exceptional circumstances.”

The EU “would benefit from labour immigration in order to help address expected labour shortages,” said Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. “But migration must at the same time be properly managed—this means ensuring effective border control and the return of irregular migrants.”

The proposal has wide support among EU governments and is likely to pass, say EU officials and representatives of member governments.

In a statement Wednesday, the French government said it was “satisfied” with the commission’s response to Mr. Sarkozy and Mr. Berlusconi’s letter.

Proponents of more open immigration policies said they were disappointed by the commission’s proposal. “It’s not yet clear what the conditions will be,” said Joanna Parkin, an analyst with the Centre for European Policy Studies, a Brussels-based think tank. “But it shows a lack of trust and solidarity among EU countries to manage migration.”

Unhindered travel through seven EU countries was introduced in 1995. The so-called Schengen zone has since expanded to 22 EU nations, plus Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland. The U.K., Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania still maintain border restrictions.

Wednesday’s announcement also included proposals to create a common EU asylum and immigration policy. Mrs. Malmstrom proposed setting up centers outside the EU that would be authorized to grant visas valid for the entire union, and offering trade concessions and visas for skilled workers in countries like Tunisia in exchange for a tougher clampdown by their governments on outward migration. The proposals will be discussed at a meeting of ministers May 12, and at a summit of EU leaders on June 24.

The plan is likely to face its biggest hurdles in the European Parliament, which also must approve it. Juan López Aguilar, a Spanish socialist member of the European Parliament, on Wednesday called the proposal “unacceptable”. Source: Wall Street Journal.

The changes will have no effect on the working restrictions or free movement of Labour imposed on some European Union citizens. Bulgarians and Romanians are still restricted from working in several EU countries such as the UK and Switzerland. 

Germany only fully opened its doors to neighbouring Poland and other Eastern Bloc ‘A8’ nations last week under European Union rules that came into force on Sunday, 1 May 2011.

The UK has allowed free movement to A8 members since the EU expansion in 2004, however, a common misconception by British employers is that all members of the European Union have the same rights to work here. Wrong. Not all EU members have the right to freely work in the UK.

As members of the European Union, Bulgarians and Romanians have visa-free access to the UK, however, they do not enjoy the same rights to work as the earlier A8 Eastern European EU accession countries such as Poland and Latvia.

Employers overlook the fact that they cannot employ a Romanian or Bulgarian worker in the same way they can a Polish or other A8 accession country citizen.

One employer told me that he thought it was alright to employ a Romanian waitress in his restaurant because she was ‘European and had a National Insurance (NI) number and tax reference’.

Possession of an NI number does not mean a person has the right to work in the UK and is not a ‘statutory defence’ for an employer facing charges or a £10,000 fine for illegal employment.

Many Romanians and Bulgarians register as self employed and start businesses, which is allowed, or work and study on a Yellow Card Visa.

Romanian and Bulgarian Students taking vocational or sandwich courses, such as NVQ in Health and Social Care, are allowed to work full time, as stated on their Yellow Cards

See article:

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website 

See article:

 

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website

See also:

Free Movement of EU nationals explained

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

EU migration policies are ‘mad’ says Lord Digby Jones

HOW TO FIND APPLICATION FORMS FOR A ‘YELLOW’ OR ‘BLUE’ CARD REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ON THE UK BORDER AGENCY WEBSITE

Switzerland joins Euro block on Bulgarian and Romanian Workers

If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email:  

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk 

Bulgarians and Romanians – Still Confused?

Bison UK Immigration Advisers are running free presentations for Employers, Romanians and Bulgarians the week of 11-22 April 2011, Monday to Friday, from 11am-12noon and 3-4pm. No need to book, just turn up. Venue: Bison Management UK, 16 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. WD6 1DL. Nearest Train Station: Elstree and Borehamwood Station; Buses from Edgware underground station: 107 and 292.

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