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French employers will no longer have to pay extra taxes to the government when hiring Romanian and Bulgarian nationals, following an announcement last month.

The tax can be as high as €1,800 (£1,420) per worker, restricting access for Romanians and Bulgarians to the French labour market.

The UK restricts Romanian and Bulgarian migrants by requiring them to apply for permission to work.

The relaxation in the tax rules follows the dismantlement of a number of makeshift Roma (Gypsy) camps near Paris, Lyon and Lille earlier this month, and the deportation of around 240 Roma back to Romania. Both moves were criticised by human rights organisations and the European Commission.

The vast majority of the estimated 15,000 Roma migrants in France are from Romania, and the rest from Bulgaria. Both countries joined the EU in 2007.

France, the UK and six other EU countries have also maintained labour market barriers for workers from Bulgaria and Romania. France and other EU countries are mandated to open their labour markets to Romanians and Bulgarians in January 2014.

Romania’s foreign minister Titus Corlatean welcomed France’s decision to make it easier for Romanian immigrants to obtain work and residence rights. “We hope that France’s example will be followed by other Western European countries that are still limiting work rights for Romanians,” he said. Source: The Recruiter.

Joanna, a student administrator at Majestic College, which has helped hundreds of Bulgarian and Romanian students come to the UK to study and work on NVQ vocational courses, said the rules are putting applicants off from coming to the UK.

‘Bulgarian and Romanian Students can study and work full time by taking an NVQ course and applying for a yellow card permit. However, in order to apply for the yellow card, you should have started the course and be living in the UK.

‘You also need to have a work placement with an employer which we arrange through the college, but cannot start working until you receive the yellow card.

‘You can apply for the same day service at Croydon, but appointments are limited to just seven per day.’

See also:

How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK

European Commission warning to UK on Free Movement rights and Comprehensive Sickness Insurance remains unanswered

New Government funded courses available for Bulgarian and Romanian EU students

Are Romanians and Eastern European migrants victims of racism in the UK?

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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

Overseas students and workers can qualify for a tax refund 

You could qualify for a tax refund if you are an overseas student, work permit holder, Tier 1, Yellow or Blue Card holder – in fact any visa type – even if you are no longer legal or even in the UK!

UK NARIC ASSESSMENT

It doesn’t matter where you come from – UK, Europe or anywhere else in the world, it is important to ensure that your qualifications are recognised. In the UK there is a national agency that carries out this service, they are called UK NARIC.

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