16 January 2008

New plans could make UK immigration easier

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New plans which are being considered by the UK government may enable skilled workers to be recruited more regularly from countries outside the European Union such as Australia and New Zealand. Currently UK companies must look for skilled workers from within the EU rather than turn to Australia and New Zealand for workers.

Ministers are now going to consider removing the "resident labour" test for high paying jobs, reportedly above £40,000 a year. This is part of the new immigration system which is set to be introduced in the UK in 2008 and will enable highly qualified people, investors and entrepreneurs automatic entry into the country. A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We want to ensure we create a more efficient and better-targeted system."

Discussions are being held not only between ministers but with industries and other interested parties on whether to lift the restrictions and help encourage more immigrant workers to be able to skip the test. Meanwhile, the head of the border and immigration agency, Lin Homer has said that the UK immigration system is "fitter than it was".

Anyone interested in getting a better understanding of their current position under UK visa regulations should request a call from a qualified UK Visa Bureau migration consultant to see if they are eligible for migration to the UK, or call direct on Freephone 0800 043 7011. Alternatively, HSMP visa hopefuls should try taking the HSMP online assessment.

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