The UK Border Agency’s public consultation on reforms to work routes (including routes that lead to settlement, Tier 5 and overseas Domestic Workers) closes tomorrow Friday 9 September 2011.
The consultation sets out the government’s proposals for breaking the link between temporary and permanent migration.
Under the proposals, migrants coming to the UK to work on temporary visas will no longer be able to apply for settlement.
The key proposals include:
- re-branding Tier 2 (the skilled worker route) as temporary, ending the assumption that settlement will be available for those who enter on this route;
- allowing certain categories of Tier 2 migrant, such as those earning over £150,000 or occupations of a specific economic or social value to the UK, to retain an automatic route to settlement;
- creating a new category into which, after 3 years in the UK, the most exceptional Tier 2 migrants may switch and go on to apply for settlement;
- allowing Tier 2 migrants who do not switch into a settlement route to stay for a maximum of 5 years, with the expectation that they and any dependants will leave at the end of that time;
- introducing an English language requirement for adult dependants of Tier 2 migrants applying to switch into a route to settlement;
- restricting the maximum period of leave for Tier 5 temporary workers to 12 months; and
- closing or reforming routes for overseas domestic workers.
To date just 10,000 people have responded which, considering that hundreds of thousands will be affected by the ‘proposed’ changes, is pathetic.
If you would like to take part in the consultation, and have your views considered see the Consultations section of the UKBA website.
No point in moaning about it after the event. Now is the time to take part.
To participate in the public consultation on family migration, which will close on 6 October, visits Consultations.
In July Ministers announced plans plan to shut down what many see as an immigration loophole which grants illegal immigrants a permanent stay in the UK after 14 years whether they entered the UK legally or not.
Under a controversial concession, those who elude the authorities for 14 years can apply for indefinite leave to stay in the UK.
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