The problem with reports like this, daily fodder for the Mail, is that they harden the public’s attitude to any kind of immigration, even if it is legal and good for the country. Skilled migrant workers and international students add billions of pounds to the UK’s economy and help create jobs, yet they are too often tarred with the same ‘there’s too many immigrants’ brush.
Last week the UK Border Agency announced a shake-up of the Tier 2 shortage occupations list, with large numbers of jobs being disqualified as the government sets to raise the qualification entry level to NQF 4.
As the row over Taiwanese deportations continues Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) are losing out as Taiwan looks elsewhere for migrant workers.
Immigration Minister Damian Green last week said that the proposed crackdown on visas was designed to prevent bogus students from coming to stay in the UK, which he dubbed an “abuse” of the system.
Note down your immigration history and where there may be gaps including holidays outside the UK. Establish if you meet the 5-year rule by counting the exact amount of time you have been in the UK. If you are confident that you do meet the qualifying requirements, consult a registered immigration adviser to do the final checks. If you think you do not meet the 5-year qualifying period, wait until you do. If this is not an option, consult an adviser.
Whilst these are ‘recommendations’ at this stage, Senior Carers with less than 5 years continuous work, or those forced to change employer, will be affected unless some sort of transition arrangements are put in place.
Immigration rules are changing all the time and whilst the above information will be correct at the time of going to press you should always check the UK Visas and UK Border Agency websites for updates.
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