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Slovakians now represents the fastest growing foreign-born group living and working in the UK since the opening of the workforce to citizens of new EU member states in 2004, the Telegraph reports.

An estimated 52,000 people born in the country, which gained independence in 199, are now resident in Britain.

Although dwarfed by the number of people from Poland in Britain – an estimated 529,000 – the figure represents a far more significant proportion of its overall population of Slovakia, which stands at around 5.4 million.

Based on recent estimate from the Office for National Statistics, it also represents a sixfold increase in the Slovakian population in Britain since in 2004 when it was among eight eastern European countries admitted to the European Union.

There were an estimated 8,000 Slovaks living in Britain at the time.

The number of expatriate workers from Latvia has leapt from about 7,000 to an estimated 39,000 in the same period while the number from Romania, which joined the EU later, has risen from an estimated 14,000 in 2004 to 53,000.

Overall the number of people born in the main batch of “new” EU member states now living in Britain has increased eightfold to 508,000.

Slovakia emerged from the former Czechoslovakia in the so-called “velvet divorce” which created the Czech Republic from the western half of the country.

Although recent months have seen a downward shift in unemployment in the country, recent figures show it remains almost double that in Britain at 13.9 per cent.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the group Migration Watch, said that it remained to be seen whether loosening of labour restrictions in other European to open their workforce to migrants from the new member states would reduce the proportion in Britain.

But he said: “The eastern Europeans have been extremely good workers and therefore very welcome to employers.

“But they have been paid below what a Brit would have been paid, they have often been on very low wages and accepted difficult working conditions.

“The effect of that they have, in reality, added to the competition that British workers face and are one reason why since 1997 a huge proportion of additional jobs have gone to foreign born workers.

“However although they have added to production, they have added commensurately to the population so that their impact on GDP per head has been insignificant, as the National Institute of Economic and Social Research recently admitted.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph in London last month, President Traian Basescu said the number of member states could increase from 27 to 35 by 2018.

He said: “We are looking at the extension. May be it is not the right moment in this crisis to discuss but it is clear that both countries are supportive for western Balkans integration, for Moldovan integration, for Turkey integration.

“These are common points of view between Bucharest and London. For the time being we can imagine an EU extended in western Balkans, with Moldova and with Turkey. We cannot now imagine a larger European Union.

“That will be 35, maybe by 2018 or 2020 when this process will be finalised.” Source: Telegraph

Net migration since 2001 totals 3.1 million, much of the recent rise due to EU expansion and mass migration from Eastern Europe.

The ONS recently revealed that some 545,000 Polish passport holders now live in the UK (according to official figures), compared with 75,000 in 2003, the year before Poland joined the EU.

The ONS reports that net migration from Poland and other east European countries increased to 43,000 in the 12 months to September 2010, compared with a fall of 12,000 the year before.

Immigration flows have hit their highest level for six years with numbers increasing from Eastern Europe, even from Bulgaria and Romania despite restrictions on working in the UK.

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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:

Bulgarian immigration increasing despite UK restrictions

UK population boom blamed on immigration

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals 

Tesco supermarket chain recruits store managers from Slovakia after British workers shun jobs

Unemployed Brits ‘lack basic skills and work ethic’, say Chamber of Commerce

Immigration to UK from Poland rises again

HOW TO FIND APPLICATION FORMS FOR A ‘YELLOW’ OR ‘BLUE’ CARD REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ON THE UK BORDER AGENCY WEBSITE

If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need 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 

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