Notice: wp_enqueue_script was called incorrectly. Scripts and styles should not be registered or enqueued until the wp_enqueue_scripts, admin_enqueue_scripts, or login_enqueue_scripts hooks. Please see Debugging in WordPress for more information. (This message was added in version 3.3.0.) in /home/immigration/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4138
Farewell to Work Permits as Tier 2 and 5 goes live | Immigration Matters

Want to learn more about UK/EU Immigration Law? Click Act Now to learn more... Act Now

Hide
Show
Call Us +44 7950 458 464 | info@immigrationmatters.co.uk
 Categories : News

 

Tier’s 2 and 5 of the much heralded points based system (PBS) went live today signalling a sad farewell to the paper based Work Permit, as well as the popular Working Holiday and TWES schemes.

The five tier Aussie-style points scheme will replace 80 routes in to the UK with around 20, culminating in the introduction of Tier 4 for students next Spring.

Under Tier 2, for skilled workers, employers must apply on-line to the UK Border Agency for a licence to ‘sponsor’ migrants to the UK.

Once registered, employers can issue ‘Certificates of Sponsorship’, which replaces Work Permits, to migrants they feel are suitably qualified.

Employers will have far greater responsibility for ensuring overseas nationals are legally working in the UK, or face the loss of their licence and workers and fines of up to £10,000.

Education providers will need to register as sponsors in order to recruit non EU students when Tier 4 goes live at the end of March 2009.

Immigration Advisers Bison UK have been working furiously to get the last remaining Work Permit applications submitted before the deadline.

Manager Cynthia Barker said:

“All our staff worked extremely hard to complete the WP1 and FLR applications submitted on time.”

Immigration Minister Phil Woolas thinks the new system will restrict immigration to the UK and said recently:

“Had the points system been in place last year there would have been 12 per cent fewer people coming in to work through the equivalent work permit route.”

The outspoken Minister was criticised this week by Dr John Setamu, The Archbishop of York for “unmerciful” immigration policies.

Work Permit holders in certain occupations like Senior Carers will have transitional arrangements for renewing their leave to remain. Others may be able to switch into Tier 4 student status to upgrade their skills.

For the latest immigration news visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa or an appeal against a refusal please email us at: info@immigrationmatters.co.uk

Spread the Word, like or share this page, your friends will also love it and thanks for it.



Do you employ foreign workers? Don't risk a £20,000 fine and a possible custodial sentence. We can advice on Entrepreneur Visas, Investor Visas and Home Office sponsor licence compliance for your business. Use the button below to schedule an appointment...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked by *.

You must beLogged in to post a comment.