29 February 2008
New UK immigration system comes into effect
The new point-based system for UK immigration has come into force today, meaning only workers with the necessary skills can move to Briton. The first phase of the new system has been implemented and it is designed to make sure that talented migrants such as scientists and entrepreneurs can still get into the UK.
Jacqui Smith, home secretary, said: "The introduction of our Australian-style points system will ensure that only those with skills the country needs can come." She added that migrants "benefit this country economically" and contribute an estimated £6 billion to the country's national output. Ms Smith concluded that it is right that the UK has a system which is "fair but firm". The final stages of the UK immigration shake-up will be put in place by the summer.
In related news, it has been revealed that nearly 800,000 workers from the new EU countries such as Poland have applied for UK immigration in the past four years.
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.