24 August 2009

UK immigration proposal to affect UK work permit and visas

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In a proposal that is very likely to adversely affect the prospect of thousands of professionals emigrating to the UK, a key migration panel attached to the Home Office recently recommended further tightening of the criteria for skilled workers from outside the EU.

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A Uk immigration proposal may affect the prospect of professionals wanting to emigrate to the UK.

The new measures proposed by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) for the Tier 2 of the points-based UK immigration system is likely to adversely affect professionals from India, says The Economic Times.

Some 50,000 workers are expected to arrive in the UK under the Tier 2 this year, nearly half of them from India.

MAC chairman David Metcalf said: "We believe that selective immigration that favours skilled workers, as the PBS does, is vital to ensure that the UK continues to be a good place to do business or invest.

"However, it is important that British workers are not displaced. We have therefore made a number of recommendations which will help to avoid undercutting and any disincentives to raise the skills of UK workers."

The MAC, whose recommendations are usually accepted by the Home Office, said there should be a requirement that migrant workers from outside the European Union will have a job offer with an annual salary of at least 20,000 pounds, and those without qualifications earn at least 32,000 pounds.

The MAC recommended that UK employers advertise their job for at least four weeks before employing a migrant from outside the EU.

Other MAC recommendations include that non-EU migrants who come to the UK on inter-company transfers should not have the right to permanent residence.

MAC chairman David Metcalf said: "In our first analysis of the PBS (points based system), the committee thinks that Tier 2 is working well, but our advice to the Government is that the labour market could be helped by requiring higher standards from skilled workers outside of the EU before we allow them to work in the UK".

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