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Immigration Minister Damian Green announced last week that the Worker Registration Scheme will close on 30 April 2011.

The Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) is a transitional scheme, which was introduced in 2004 when the following countries (known as the ‘A8’ countries) joined the European Union:

  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

Nationals of these countries are supposed to register under the scheme if they commence employment in the UK.

In practice there is little to stop a Polish or Latvian citizen from taking a job without registering and many employers are unaware of the WRS and do not even know the difference between A8 and Bulgarian and Romanian EU members who do not enjoy the same rights.

The scheme allows the government to monitor A8 citizens coming into the UK labour market. The figures also give the government data on the type of work they are doing and the impact they are having on the economy.

Official figures show that between May 2004 and the end of 2010, 1.1 million A8 nationals registered under the scheme.

But critics argue that far more Eastern Europeans have entered the UK and some claim that more than a million workers are living in the UK from Poland alone.

Under the terms of the Treaty of Accession, the UK cannot apply transitional restrictions on A8 nationals’ access to the labour market for more than 7 years. This means that A8 nationals will be able to access the labour market on the same terms as other EU nationals (except Bulgarians and Romanians) from 1 May 2011.

As reported by Immigration Matters last week, A8 work-seekers will also have the same entitlements to state benefits such as unemployment or job seekers allowance as British citizens and other EU nationals.

Last week the Daily Mail suggested that as many as 100,000 migrants could claim UK benefits from the start of May.

Countries such as Germany and France, which originally denied free movement of Labour to A8 nationals (only the UK, Ireland and Sweden allowed this) will be forced to open its doors to their European neighbours for the first time in April.

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:

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

Employers ‘addicted’ to migrant workers says UK Immigration Minister

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

Daily Mail says 100,000 Eastern European migrants free to claim full benefits in UK worth tens of millions of pounds following EU ruling

Free Movement of EU nationals explained

EU residency for sale at your nearest Latvian Estate Agency

European Commission orders Italy to end discrimination against workers with experience and qualifications from another EU country

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Tier 2 Working Visas, 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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  1. […] of those who left the UK were manual labourers who had never registered with the workers registration scheme (WRS), said Bator. The WRS has just been abolished, but until 30 April, not registering meant […]

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