As another batch of Tier 4 and old student visa graduates happily display their OCR awarded NVQ certificates, many ponder their future in the UK. With daily news of recession, higher unemployment and a cap on immigration, the future may not look too bright.
However, for students with the right skills and qualifications for in-demand ‘shortage’ occupations, for instance in the care industry, there are still plenty of available jobs and employers willing to sponsor them. In the run up to the recent election former Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that he would be removing Chefs and Care Workers from the official Shortage Occupations list by ‘2012 and 2014 respectively’.
Mr Brown did not explain exactly how he was able to predict that the occupations currently on the shortage list (under advice by the independent Migration Advisory Committee or MAC) will not be in need of staff in two and fours years time.
Overseas students, on student visas (Tier 4 of points based system), are worth £8 billion to the UK economy, according to Home Office figures.
The private education sector provides UK jobs for many thousands of people including: teachers, assessors, verifiers and admin support staff.
Many graduates of Majestic’s vocational, work related, courses have gone on to find Tier 2 employment opportunities in the care sector, which despite high unemployment figures still suffers staff shortages.
Employers willing to register under Tier 2, of the points based system which replaced the work permit scheme, can sponsor qualified migrant workers to work for them on a working visa.
Tier 4 student visa holders are allowed to switch whilst in the UK into the Tier 2 working visa category.
Sponsoring employers should take care when issuing Tier 2 Certificates of Employment to non-EU migrant workers, as many businesses are issuing Tier 2 work permits to unqualified migrants according to an immigration specialist.
Employers are risking fines and the loss of their Tier 2 sponsorship by issuing ‘Certificates of Employment’ (formerly known as a work permit) to unqualified or unsuitable migrant workers, says Immigration Adviser Evelie Padadac.
During her consultations with candidates and their employers Evelie has seen widespread misunderstanding of the rules leading to employment certificates being dished out to migrant workers without the proper checks.
Evelie of Bison UK, which specialises in work and study related visas, said:
“Employers issue the certificates directly to the candidate who then comes to us to arrange the further leave to remain or visa extension.
“However, when looking through the paperwork I frequently find that the candidate does not qualify under the Tier 2 rules.”
If in doubt, take legal advice. It’s cheaper than a £10,000 fine and a lot less hassle than losing your Tier 2 Sponsors Licence.
Migrants seeking work should also be wary of internet scams and fake job offers through unsolicited emails.
If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: