15 September 2008

UK migrants to be discussed at conference

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A conference at Suffolk this Thursday will focus on the benefits of employing migrant workers, reports BBC News. The conference will be run by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).

The conference will aim to clarify the parts of the new Australian-style points-based immigration system that will go live in November, which will effect the way in which businesses hire migrant workers.  Companies who hire overseas workers on UK visas will need to have a licence to do so, and are being encouraged to have their applications sent to the Home Office by the 1st October to avoid delays and disruption to the new immigration system.

The conference will also focus on the Government’s commitment to reducing the number of foreign workers from outside the EU finding work in Britain, and ensuring that employers hire only those overseas workers that are necessary. 

"There will be businesses across the UK who are weighing up the pros and cons of employing migrant workers, but perhaps see the legal and practical issues of recruiting them as a step too far," said Mark Ellison of EEDA. 

"Not only will delegates at this conference hear from businesses who are already reaping the rewards of skilled and dedicated migrant workforce, they will be given the confidence and appropriate guidance by expert support organisations to navigate their way through the various procedures involved," Ellison added. 

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Article by Jessica Bird, UK Visa Bureau.

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