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A critical report published this week reveals that at least 181,000 foreign workers and other migrants could be in the country illegally because of failings in the supposedly tough points-based system, the Telegraph reports.

Immigration officials do not even know where the majority of the failed applicants are, according to the National Audit Office.

They are all migrants whose visas have either run out or have been turned down for one since the points-based system was introduced in December 2008.

The watchdog also found less than one in four skilled migrant workers were filling the high priority shortage occupation that were supposed to be coming for.

And officials only visited 15 per cent of employers who were given the right to sponsor foreign labour, the report said.

The report also found the UK Border Agency cannot verify that employers have first checked whether any British workers are suitable for positions bringing in migrant staff.

The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said: “The Points Based System is a welcome simplification of the previous system of 39 different types of work visa. “However gaps in data, poor risk management and inefficient processes mean that we cannot be certain that it either ensures proper controls or meets the UK’s need for skilled labour.”

Immigration Minister Damian Green said the report showed exactly why radical reforms to the UK’s immigration system were needed.

He said: “Counting people in and out of the country will give us better control over those that overstay.

“We are determined to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, and clamp down on immigration abuses.”

The NAO report also found that the UKBA “has not evaluated the risks associated with some inherent features of the system which could be exploited by employers and migrants”, to the detriment of British workers.

It added the agency “cannot provide assurance that it is managing the risk of non-compliance by migrants and sponsors with immigration rules effectively”. Source: The Telegraph.

To be fair, the points based system was never brought in streamline the immigration process, not to deal with illegal immigrants already in the UK.

Estimates of the number of overseas nationals in the UK illegally range from 500,000 to 750,000, which has built up over decades and will take 20 years and £5 billion  to solve according to the think tank ippr.

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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:

Worker Registration Scheme to close

Overseas Senior Carers and thousands of residents of Southern Cross Healthcare homes face uncertain future

Senior Carers to be removed from Shortage Occupations list following MAC recommendation

High earners exempt from UK immigration cap

Tier 2 Working visa reforms announced by UK Border Agency

71 shortage occupations to be removed from Tier 2 visas in points-based shake up

Tier 4 Consultation ends as Damian Green promises clampdown on Student Visa abuse

YES, SENIOR CARERS ARE HAVING PROBLEMS OBTAINING ILR UNDER 5 YEAR RULE

MAC’s new list of graduate level occupations for Tier 2

If you need any immigration advice or 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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