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UK Immigration figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that the number of foreign born workers with jobs in the UK was 4.08 Million in the three months to June this year, a rise of 278,000 from last year.  

UK born worker number from 24,287,000 in the second quarter in 2010 to 24,188,000 in the second quarter of 2011 signifying a fall of almost 100,000.

The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith acknowledged that this is a problem and warned that the problem is getting worse. During Labour’s tenure in office 80% of all new jobs created went to people who were not born in the United Kingdom.

Last month Mr. Duncan Smith urged British businesses to give opportunities to British workers ahead of those coming from abroad. But businesses have repeatedly pointed out that they do not receive the same levels of diligence and more importantly the lack of skills among British workers force them to choose other workers.

Observers argue that this phenomenon is a clear warning that British education and skills agenda needs reform and urgent attention.  

Iain Duncan Smith has also highlighted that the problem is “getting worse because we face the problem of having to reform a group that’s progressively less able to do the work.”

“That’s why I believe we’re in the last chance saloon,” he added. “”Last week [the riots] was a wake-up call for us but we should thank our lucky stars that we had one.”  Source: eGov Monitor.

Despite high UK unemployment healthcare support workers or care assistants are still desperately needed by care home employers who cannot fill vacancies locally.

With millions of British people unemployed and the country’s economy in the doldrums, in theory the care industry should have no problems in finding care or support workers for the 20,000 plus homes. 

This week I have been contacted by two more care home owners looking for care support workers for homes in Hertfordshire, Eastbourne and Crawley. One employer said, who has previously employed hundreds of overseas workers on work permits and student visas, said he would prefer candidates from Romania or Bulgaria as they could work full time on Yellow Cards.

Both employers have found it difficult to recruit from within the ‘resident labour market’, which is why in the past few years they have turned to overseas workers on work permits or student visas. But recent changes to Tier 2 and Tier 4 of the points based system, have closed off virtually all routes to recruiting non-EU care workers.

Students renewing their visas with private colleges after 4 July 2011 will no longer be allowed to work at all or sponsor their dependants.

In fact only students (applying or renewing visas after 4 July) who are studying at post graduate level or above at a government university will be allowed to work and sponsor a dependant

Care home employers are increasingly turning to EU workers to fill the hundreds of vacancies in the industry.

Workers from A8 accession countries such as Poland have full ‘free movement of Labour’ rights to work in the UK, however, they are not that keen on care work either and are looking for higher paid work or returning home.

Bulgarians and Romanians who exercise their Treaty Rights (under Article 39) and apply for an accession card as students taking vocational or sandwich courses (e.g. NVQ/QCF in Health and Social Care), are allowed to work full time, as stated on their Yellow Cards.

Some NVQ colleges offer low initial deposits, flexible payments to help students get started and help with job placements (without charge) in the care sector, as well as free support with forms and paperwork.

NVQ and QCF courses have proved popular with Bulgarian and Romanian citizens seeking to gain a UK qualification whilst studying and working in London. 

Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 yellow card registration as students who wish to work are being forced to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance – a form of private medical cover. The insurance is a new requirement introduced by the UK Border Agency as part of changes to the BR1 Yellow Card form in June. The revised BR1 form does not make it clear that a student will need Comprehensive Sickness Insurance, as the actual question relates to those applying as ‘self sufficient’ EU applicants. For more information on immigration rules for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens visit the UK Border Agency website or see an OISC registered immigration adviser. 

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:

Health care workers needed in UK now

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance now required for Bulgarian and Romanian study work yellow cards

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals 

Bulgarian and Romanian applicants for study work yellow cards now need Comprehensive Sickness Insurance

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 

STILL CONFUSED BY YELLOW CARD RULES?

Free presentations are being run at Bison UK Immigration Advisers for Employers, Romanians and Bulgarians – Monday to Friday, from 11am-12noon and 3-4pm. No need to book, just turn up.

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