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EU Commissioner Lazslo Andor has called for a relaxation on work UK restrictions for Eastern Europeans.

He wants Britain to act more than 18 months before the official deadline to drop the ban, restricting the access of Bulgarian and Romanian workers to the labour market of the UK, Daily Express reports.

UK work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, who are members of the European Union, were extended until the end of 2013 by the British government last November.

Mr Andor claimed the need for work permits should be removed because of “the overall positive impact” migrant workers have had on other countries.

The Hungarian-born economist made his comments in the same week that official figures for the past year showed 166,000 British workers no longer had jobs – matching the number of foreigners getting jobs in UK.

Mr Andor used his 27-page document to hit out at the UK and eight other countries that legitimately block Romanians and Bulgarian workers without permits or who are not self-employed.

He wants a gradual relaxation of the restrictions, which must be removed by December 31, 2013, ready for the “full application of EU law on free movement for Bulgarian and Romanian workers”.

The unemployment rate in Bulgaria is more than 12% compared to Britain’s 8.3%. While Romania has a lower percentage of unemployed people, the standard of living and welfare system is far below that of the UK. Source: Daily Express.

Despite high unemployment in the UK, care and nursing homes are facing a staffing crisis following a government clampdown on non-EU immigration and changes to Tier 2 work visa rules.

Employers looking for staff, like those in the care industry, are increasingly turning to EU workers from Central and Eastern Europe.

However, not all EU members have the same rights to work in the UK and getting it wrong could result in a hefty fine for the employer.

Employers are often unaware of the distinct difference between ‘A8’ nationals (Polish, Latvian, Slovakian, Czechs, Hungarians, Slovenians Lithuanians and Estonians), who joined the EU in 2004 and more recent members from Bulgaria and Romania. Although both groups have the same rights to freely enter the UK, they do not enjoy the same rights to work, or free movement of labour. 

Even Bulgarians and Romanians arriving in the UK are often totally unaware of the restrictions on working – or that they will need a permit or registration card (e.g. yellow card) in order to work.

Even though they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries. See: Free Movement of EU nationals explained.

Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK on Yellow Card registration permits can work and study full time on vocational courses such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care

See also:

Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013

EU and non-EU workers take more UK jobs as number of Britons in work plunges

Health care workers needed in UK now

Agency workers receive pay and conditions boost


Free Movement of EU nationals explained

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

If you need any immigration advice or 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

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email info@majesticcollege.org


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  2. emalupusor@yahoo.com'

    One of the proofs that blaming the unemployment rate in the UK on Romanian immigrants is nonsensical and discriminatory: Sir George Iacobescu, one of the most successful Romanian born and British business leaders in the world, CEO and Chairman of Canary Wharf Group, the second financial centre of London, was bestowed the rank of Knight Bachelor at Buckingham Palace for services to Charity, Community and the Financial Services Industry. Iacobescu was head of the company which began the building of the financial centre Canary Wharf in 1987. As a result of the activity of the Canary Wharf Group (CWG), created in 1997 and having Sir George as chief executive, an enormous contribution has been made to London being at the centre of the business world and to the way the city looks today. There are quite a lot of other examples like this but I believe even this alone would make up completely for any jobs that have supposedly been lost due to the arrival of Romanian immigrants in the UK! Everybody seems to forget that some of the immigrants actually create jobs, some are great artists who enrich the cultural scene etc:

    see also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8SSRW3LEfw&feature=share

    Britain has abused the Free Movement Directive in the European Union for more than five years. It takes five or six months for a Romanian or Bulgarian to obtain a work permit and it is extremely difficult for Romanian or Bulgarian students, for instance, to follow courses in the UK as they are not allowed a part-time job without a yellow card. In fact, without a permit they are not even allowed to have a student internship or do voluntary work! It is absolutely outrageous : according to EU regulations, Britain shouldn’t even ask for a permit from any citizen of the EU member countries. A shameful form of discrimination that has been going on for quite a long time!!

    Vote for this petition to make it stop!


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