UK skilled workers may need private health care under new UK immigration rules

- Posted in United Kingdom by Visa Bureauon 29 June 2010

Home Secretary Theresa May said the planned annual UK visa cap on migrants will be based on economic need but also on the impact migrants have on public services.

 The UK Visa cap will be introduced in April next year and the Government's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) will now consult with the public and businesses on the level of the cap. A temporary cap will come in to effect on July 19 to prevent a rush of applications.

As well as providing health insurance, employers wanting foreign staff may also have to establish apprenticeship schemes to demonstrate they are working to up-skill British workers. Employers will also have to make more of an effort to source British workers for positions, even in occupations deemed to be in "national shortage".

Business leaders have warned that too strict rules on skilled workers will damage the economy and future growth.

However, Alan Johnson, the shadow home secretary, said: "The announcement today is much ado about very little and simply makes minor adjustments to the rigorous points-based immigration controls that Labour introduced. Only one in seven potential migrants would be subject to a cap."

The Home Secretary also confirmed that a review of UK Student Visa system will be on the agenda next.

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