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The unemployed lack basic skills and a strong work ethic, encouraging companies to fill vacancies with immigrants, the Government has been told by a leading business representative, the Telegraph reports.

The admission by David Frost, the director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, comes after David Cameron was warned that his welfare reforms were in jeopardy if the problem of foreigners filling British jobs was not addressed.

In a speech yesterday, Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the jobless would not get back into work if the playing field with immigrants was not levelled. He claimed some immigrants were coming to Britain as highly skilled workers but taking lower skilled jobs at the expense of UK-born school leavers.

But Mr Frost claimed that foreign-born workers were often better qualified, equipped and motivated. “They [employers] expect young people to come forward to them who are able to read, write and communicate and have a good work ethic and too often that’s not the case and there’s a stream of able East European migrants who are able to fill those jobs,’’ he said. ”These migrants are skilled, they have a very strong work ethic, and they simply get on with the job. They’ve been hugely beneficial for the UK.”

The education system was, he said, to blame for the level of unemployment facing young people. “After 11 years of formal education, employers say they get kids coming to them who can’t read, who can’t write, who can’t communicate.”

Lawyers have warned that companies could face claims for racial discrimination if they favour British candidates over foreigners. Paul Griffin, the head of employment law at the law firm DBS, said: “Any favouring of British workers above those from the EU, or anywhere else if they have the right to work here, could make an employer liable for a claim for direct race discrimination.

“Iain Duncan Smith’s speech, whilst on the surface seeming positive, is actually a crude political act to scapegoat migrant workers for a lack of jobs.”

But Mr Duncan Smith received strong support from Frank Field, the former Labour minister who is the Coalition’s ”poverty tsar’’. He said: “The crucial thing is that Iain Duncan Smith, on this issue, is speaking for the vast majority of people in this country.” Source: Telegraph.

This week the Who singer Roger Daltrey today blamed cheap labour from eastern Europe for the decline of Britain’s working class.

The rock star, who grew up in Shepherd’s Bush, said: “We do need immigration but surely it should be a level playing field where they can’t undercut every working class bloke in England for their jobs.”

He said he felt Labour “left the British working man screwed like he’d never been screwed before by cheap labour coming in from Europe”.

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

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.

Bulgarians and Romanians need a work permit or can apply for a ‘Yellow Card’ registration in order to work in the UK. Despite the hurdles, employers are still willing to employ the Eastern Europeans because they cannot fill vacancies locally.

Study route to Yellow and Blue Cards

Romanian and Bulgarians who study vocational or sandwich-type courses, such as QCF (which replaced NVQ’s this year) in Customer Service, IT, Catering, Hospitality, Construction or Health and Social Care, are allowed to work full time, as stated on the back of their Yellow Cards.

Registered colleges such as Majestic College in London provide courses for Romanian/Bulgarian students and offer free assistance with the yellow card process.

Employers can employ Romanian and Bulgarian workers provided they obtain a yellow card registration certificate allowing them to work in the UK whilst studying for a British qualification.

Provided they stick to the course and work legally for 12 months in line with their course, they will usually be granted a residence ‘Blue Card’ permit.

Some students, perhaps unwilling or unable to pay the fees, drop out of the course as they believe that having obtained a Yellow Card and NI Number they can continue working without further checks.

The Romanian/Bulgarian students and their employers may find themselves in breach of the immigration rules and may therefore lose their eligibility for residence or Blue Card.

As employers can be fined up to £10,000 for each illegal worker they employ, they are now looking deeper into their staff files. 

Employers also have the option of applying for a work permit provided the job meets the requirements.

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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:

Jobs Migrants take in pictures

Bulgarian immigration increasing despite UK restrictions

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals 

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

STILL CONFUSED? Free presentations are being run at Bison UK Immigration Advisers for Employers, Romanians and Bulgarians  Monday to Friday, from 11am-12noon and 3-4pm. No need to book, just turn up.Venue: Bison Management UK, 16 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 1DL. Nearest Train Station: Elstree and Borehamwood Station; Buses from Edgware underground station: 107 and 292.

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