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The Guardian reports that business leaders are warning the Home Secretary of the risks to economic recovery by removing the rights skilled migrants on work permits to settle in the UK.

Business leaders have warned that government plans to create a temporary workforce of overseas skilled migrants will be “incredibly disruptive” to Britain’s economic recovery.

The latest phase of the drive by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to reduce net migration to Britain to below 100,000 a year includes taking away the right to settle in Britain from tens of thousands of skilled workers from outside Europe who have been in the country for five years.

Last year 8400 skilled migrants were given the right to settle in Britain, but the immigration minister, Damian Green, said that in future only a “tightly controlled minority” of such migrants would be allowed to stay more than five years.

Ministers do, however, intend to make exceptions for the wealthy, with those earning more than £150,000 a year, plus elite athletes and ministers of religion, retaining an automatic route to settlement. Entrepreneurs and investors will also be exempt – those with more than £5m to invest will earn the right to stay in Britain after only three years.

The plan proposes capping the number of “exceptional talent” migrants – world leaders in science, arts and the humanities – who are allowed to stay in the UK permanently. The Home Office consultation paper published on Thursday also discloses that ministers are considering abolishing or restricting the route that allows wealthy families to bring overseas domestic staff, including nannies and cooks, to work in their private households. Restrictions would include limiting their stay and banning such workers from bringing family.

The Home Secretary said she wanted tier two of the points-based immigration system – which covers skilled workers from outside Europe – to be regarded in future as a temporary rather than permanent migration route.

“Reducing net migration is not just about reducing the numbers coming here; it is also about increasing the numbers who leave after their initial stay,” she said. “Only tier one [the most highly skilled route] will give a pathway from entry to settlement for investors and entrepreneurs. We expect most tier two migrants will return home at the end of their stay.”

Ministers hope the package will prevent those who arrive in Britain to fill a temporary labour shortage from applying to settle permanently. May said she would soon be publishing proposals to change the rules for those coming to Britain for family reasons, such as marriage.

But Dr Adam Marshall of the British Chambers of Commerce said the immigration system had to protect the economy as well as the borders.

“Turfing out valuable migrant workers who are turned down for settlement would be incredibly disruptive to companies of all sizes, and to the UK’s economic recovery,” he said. “These proposals could also deter some skilled workers from coming to the UK in the first place. The criteria for which migrants do get settlement rights must reflect business needs and the economy, as well as political considerations.”

Habib Rahman, of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, warned the proposals would create a “guest workers” scheme in Britain.

“The guest workers will have a very restricted right to settle in the UK and will have fewer rights when they are here. It will open them up to exploitation and lead to a two-tier workforce in Britain.The restrictions on legitimate avenues to settle is bound to lead to increasing irregularity and overstaying.”

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:

Marriage visa rules clampdown urged for UK migrant spouses

Government accused of creating an ‘amnesty’ for asylum seekers

Sham marriage raid in Hertfordshire

Could a European immigration agency take control of British borders?

Immigration to UK from Poland rises again

Immigration News Weekly Round up 05 June 2011

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info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

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2 Responses to “Settlement rights to be removed for skilled workers”
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  1. kapil rana says :

    Hi,

    I follow your articles regularly and find them very
    informative.My brother is a tier 2 worker in UK for the
    past more than 4 years (but less than 5) and his family
    has also joined him as dependents recently.

    Pls let me know whether his right to stay permanently will
    also get affected due to changed rules.And whether these
    rules be applicable on new cases or the old ones also???

    Warm Regads,
    Kapil Rana
    Chandigarh India

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