26 November 2007
Brown says new UK immigration system will make it easier for highly skilled migrants
In a keynote speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the prime minister Gordon Brown has confirmed the Highly Skilled Migrant Visa is here to stay and said skilled migrants will find it easier to come to Britain under the new UK immigration system.
"Those people who have the skills this country needs will find it easier to come to Britain" following the introduction of the new points-based UK immigration system to be introduced next year, Mr Brown insisted.
He described the Highly Skilled Migrant Visa as "highly successful" and noted that there is particularly an ongoing demand for skilled foreigners in the financial services sector. There are several hundred thousand skilled overseas people employed in the City of London.
Mr Brown was trying to assert his position as prime minister as he set out his long-term vision for the country to the CBI, outlining his plans to boost Britain's economy.
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.