28 October 2010

Highly skilled UK Visa holders should do highly skilled jobs, says immigration minister

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A study has found that one third of migrants that are in the UK under a Tier 1 UK Visa are employed in low skilled jobs, the UK Border Agency has announced.

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One third of migrants that are in the UK under a Tier 1 UK Visa are employed in low skilled jobs, a survey has found.

A UK Visa under Tier 1 of the points-based system is for highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs, but the study reveals that around a third of the 1,184 people sampled are being employed in lower-skilled jobs such as shop assistants and supermarket cashiers.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said while it is important that low-skilled jobs are filled, there are hundreds of thousands of British people who could be doing them instead of a migrant.

“Those coming into the UK under the highly skilled migrant route should only be able to do highly skilled jobs - it should not be used as a means to enter the low-skilled jobs market.
“Investors and entrepreneurs aside, this report questions the value of this route into the UK, and the findings will play a key part in discussions on how the annual limit will be shaped.'

Unlike those who come into the UK under Tier 2 of the points-based system, Tier 1 migrants do not need a job offer before they arrive in the UK although they do criteria such as qualifications, previous earnings and age to meet.

The UK Government is expected to announce very soon details of the permanent annual UK Visa cap arrangements, including what visas will be included in the limit and at what level it will be set. The permanent cap, which will affect non-EU workers, will commence in April 2011.

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