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Migration from India Soars as Businesses Plan for Life Beyond Brexit

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Migration from India Soars as Businesses Plan for Life Beyond BrexitLast year, the quantity of South Asian migrants like Indians working in the UK increased by 30% as a result of non-EU workers being sought after by businesses, especially the IT and health care sectors.

The number of registration for National Insurance (NI) by migrating Asians which include India, Pakistan and the Philippines also increased to 68,381 as at 2018 compared to the 53, 594 in 2017.

Indians alone had a 43% increase in the registration for the NI, accounting to more than 45, 000; thus making it the third major source of new immigrants.

The figures show that businesses are beginning to appreciate foreign talent especially a reduction in available skills looms after Brexit. However, the number of EU nationals working has increased twice than the non-EU nationals in 2018, and the fall of EU workers by 78,409 also dwarfed the increase of 28,010 non-EU nationals in the UK workforce.

Over the year, NI registration from the EU countries fell by 16% with the EU8 countries leading in the fall.

Businesses Appreciate the Non-EU Migrants

The news was received at the time where new negotiations are expected to be reached concerning Brexit with the possibility of going through a no-deal Brexit or probably an extension of the process.

The Senior Labour Market Analyst at CIPD, Gerwyn Davies said that it won’t be surprising if the IT sector is increasing, as he has seen through the latest statistics gotten from the Works and Pensions Department, which also corresponds with the survey of CIPD on the shortage of skills in the UK and other official data. This is due to the number of individuals employed in 2018.

According to him, the limited number of EU workers in the UK has prompted the use of intra-company transfer scheme, which is a part of the Tier 2 visa regime, to bring in the non-EU citizens and this has been helpful to the IT and Healthcare sectors.

A Senior Immigration consultant at Migrate UK, Karendeep Kaur also pointed out the increase in the non-EU workers from Asia through the intra-company transfers.

She further said that despite the gradual fall in the Migration of EU, as shown by the National Audit Office last week, the increase in the Migration of non-EU citizens to the country is a positive sign. She said that it can be seen that in as much as Brexit has stopped the EU citizens from coming to the country, the non-EU citizens are still coming.

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New Visa Agreement in Favour of Foreign Workers Announced by Australia

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New Visa Agreement in Favour of Foreign Workers Announced by AustraliaThe government of Australia has announced two new labor agreements in the hope of supporting the country’s communities with diverse cultures. The aged care sector and religious institutions labor agreements were unveiled on Thursday, 7 March, by David Coleman – Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs.

The Agreements

Under the aged care sector agreement, aged care facilities will be able to sponsor carers that have the skills required to take care of communities’ elderly despite the fact that the list of eligible occupations does not include the occupation of the aged care workers.

Mr. Coleman revealed that the importance of bilingual carers has been highlighted by aged care providers given the tendency to lose the ability to relate in a second language or revert to native language seeing in elderly people or those with dementia. He said the new agreement would help them to handpick the right workers for these purposes.

Also, providers of aged care can now sponsor workers from other countries for an Employer Nomination Scheme Visa or a Temporary Skills Shortage visa, given that evidence of the lack of such skill in Australia can be provided by the employer.

The second agreement gives religious institutions the opportunity to broaden the scope for sponsoring workers of different nationalities as the scope of work for the current occupation of Minister of Religion gets expanded.

Under the new agreement, flexibility will be afforded visa nominee to work in any senior position, a development to the existing arrangement.

The new agreements, which will continue to make way for permanent residency, will become effective from 11 March 2019. These new arrangements do not affect existing salary concessions and age requirements.

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Irish Guaranteed of Free Movement Post-Brexit by UK Government

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Irish Guaranteed of Free Movement Post-Brexit by UK GovernmentAccording to the Common Travel Area (CTA) guidance published by the UK government on Friday, February 22, the free movement of Irish people residing in the UK will not be hindered post-Brexit.

The UK and Ireland had had CTA agreement that gives citizens of both nations the freedom to live and work in either nation before the UK became a member of the EU. Citizens of both countries receive treatments of a holder of permanent residence permit in each nation. UK citizens in Ireland are not required to have a visa or residence permit as well as employment permit. The same applies to Irish people in the UK.

Free Movement not affected by Brexit

The government of both Ireland and the UK have put in efforts to see that the free movements between the nations continue after March 29 when Britain is expected to depart the EU.

CTA agreement covers the healthcare, education, voting rights, social housing and social security benefits of Irish nationals residing in the UK.

Also, Irish people in the UK are not mandated to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme except they wish to do so. EU Settlement Scheme is an application process designed for EU nationals who want to remain in the UK post-Brexit.

The guidance clearly spells out that Irish nationals in the UK are not required to do anything to protect their status in the country pre or post-Brexit.

It must, however, be noted that family members of Irish nationals that are not Irish or British citizens who wish to remain in the UK must apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. Such family members will provide proof of the Irish citizen’s nationality, proof of their relationship and proof of their continuous residence in Britain.

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Brexit Chief Backs Unlimited EU Immigration

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Brexit Chief Backs Unlimited EU ImmigrationShadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to lend his support to unlimited EU immigration after the UK leaves EU will most likely result in a civil war amidst labor.

The Brexit chief explained that he has every reason to believe that almost everybody will support the free movement if there are jobs in the UK for EU nationals. What is required of firms in need of workers is to ensure advertisement is made locally before going for the option of getting migrants from the continent, he said. In other words, firms must advertise locally for a job that needs to be done, but if there is no one to do it in the UK, they are free to workers across the continent which he believes will be acceptable to most people. Family reunification is another reason he said could make people accept free movement.

He subsequently suggests that Labour take advantage of a process called Norway-style Brexit which will impose workers free movement on the UK.

Labour’s Election Manifesto

In 2017, Labour’s Election Manifesto agreed on an end to free movement once the UK leaves EU. Sir Keir was a part of this agreement – at the time, he said a change at the border would be inevitable.

The Brexit chief has now changed his position totally, opting for easy movement as he is no longer content supporting Brexit-blocking motions.

Despite the obvious reasons for Keirs’ decision, it is also imperative for him to rethink as a free movement could make firms who are fond of making money off cheap labor to offer job packages no Brits will take hence paving the way for migrants. The sudden free movement call is a betrayal of a significant Brexit demand hence removal of the Brexit chief could be looming.

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Delays in Green Cards and Citizenship Condemned by US Immigration Lawyers

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Delays in Green Cards and Citizenship Condemned by US Immigration LawyersOn Wednesday 30 January, the delay in the handling of citizenship and green cards’ applications along with other benefits of immigration by the government of the United States was condemned by immigration lawyers.

Over a four year period, waiting times for applications for citizenship and green cards increased by almost a hundred percent despite only a slight increase in the numbers of applications received according to the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Families and Businesses Affected Alike

American Immigration Lawyers Association consists of over 15,000 law professors as well as immigration. As stated in a report, the group said the delays surrounding these applications are hurting families and businesses in the US that rely on timely adjudication.

The association accused U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of acting like an arm of the Department of Homeland and Security hence drifting from its purpose of serving immigrant applicants.

There is the need for greater transparency and more oversight by the Congress, the association said.

Responding to the situation, a spokesman for USCIS revealed that in a systematic attempt to speed up the processes, the agency recently opened three new field offices as well as expanded another ten. The workforce handling the processes has increased by 38 percent in just five years, he said.

While several factors peculiar to different cases affect processing time, the delays are usually caused by higher application rates in contrast to the low processing rates claim, the spokesman said.

The lawyers pointed out that applications only increased by four percent between 2014 and 2018 according to a 2018 report by DHS. In 2016, nationwide naturalization wait time was 5.6 months which increased to 10.2 months in 2018, revealed the agency.

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Quebec Demands Relaxed Rules around Temporary Foreign Workers

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Quebec Demands Relaxed Rules around Temporary Foreign WorkersAs the dispute regarding the best way to handle Quebec’s labor shortage continues, the government of Quebec is calling on the federal government of Canada to relax rules governing temporary foreign workers.

For weeks now, Quebec has been struggling with Ottawa regarding a call for lower immigration levels by the province as well as a federal compensation of $300million for the latest entry of irregular immigrants into the province. Earlier this week, the government of Canada announced the release of $114million to cater for the entry of thousands of asylum seekers in the country but the details of what each province will receive wasn’t revealed.

The latest source of tension between the two governments, federal and Quebec, borders on temporary foreign workers (TFWs) with the province calling for the change in rules as a result of its labor shortage.

Thousands of Job Openings

Officials of the two governments met in the province on 28 Jan 2019 to discuss the demand by the province to make the approval process of TFWs faster as well as making it easier for employers to get their service. The governments are in discussion regarding the best way to fill an estimated 120,000 unfilled job openings that are in Quebec at the moment.

The government of Quebec wants employers to have greater control over studies that must precede the hiring of temporary workers. The studies, labor market impact assessments (LMIA), helps to confirm that the employer truly needs the workers and that no worker is available in Canada for such a job.

A spokesman for Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec Immigration Minister, said the goal of the province is to reduce bureaucracy surrounding the issue of temporary workers hence helping Quebec respond more efficiently to labor market needs.

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UK Parliament Votes in Favor of Post-Brexit Immigration Bill

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UK Parliament Votes in Favor of Post-Brexit Immigration BillUK’s Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination Bill was voted in favour of, by the British Parliament on January 28th, 2019.

The aim of this post-Brexit immigration bill, also known as the EU withdrawal bill, is to ensure that the independence of the nation’s immigration policy after Brexit, by adapting its present immigration policy.

Although at the first reading, the MPs were not unified, they came to the same conclusion at the second reading where 297 votes were counted in support of the bill, and 234 voted against it.

In the Commons, Caroline Nokes, the Immigration Minister in the UK said that a significant contribution had been made by immigration to the economy of the nation. She equally added that the government would relay the new immigration rules to a range of businesses over the next year.

What It Entails

The Home office had made a statement earlier in January, 28th 2019 to put a stop to free movement immediately if there is no deal when Britain leaves the EU.

However, it is part of the bill that citizens of the European Union and their families will still have access to the country but only for a certain period of time, after the country leaves EU.

But, in case the citizens intend to prolong their stay beyond 3 months, application for European Temporary Leave to Remain should be made. In the case of wanting to stay beyond 3 years, application for a new permit under the new Skills-based future immigration system, which begins from 2021, would be made.

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Immigration is the Important Foundation of America

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Immigration is the Important Foundation of America One of the biggest challenges in the society today is immigration. It involves the people, the country as well as the people who come to the US for greener pastures.

The topic, immigration, is not a new one, as well as the battle against it; yet, an effective way to tackle it has not been found. The US has been shaped by the immigrants’ cultures which are diverse. A better life, believed to be found in the US, is sought after by people far and near. This is why some even cross the oceans to come here.

Obvious concerns have been made about the country’s economy as well as how secured the future and jobs are; but from the research made, it is seen that no correlation exists between high rates of unemployment and immigration.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) reported that it believes that immigration is an integral part of the growth of the economy of the nation.

According to the report, by 2024, the estimated jobs to be available in the country is 35.3 million approximately. If the considered jobs to be created is 9.8 million, and with the country’s decline in birth rate, there is evidence of insufficient manpower to carry out the jobs. As such, the demographic challenge which the US is facing has immigration as an essential piece.

The Harsh Truth

The issue with the current immigration is not how these immigrants cross the borders or their intentions, but how our system is handling the whole situation.

Significant immigration reform legislation has not been passed by the government since 1986; making it about 33 years since this problem has not been appropriately addressed.

The effect of immigrants and immigration on our country today and our daily living is not fully comprehended.

Immigrants either found or own most of the country’s establishment and businesses. About 28% of the US businesses are owned by entrepreneurs who are immigrants. 48% of the overall growth of business ownership between 2000 and 2013 was accounted for by immigrants. Examples include: a Poland immigrant, Maxwell Kohl founded the Kohl’s Department Store. Also, an immigrant from Russia, Sergey Brin confounded Google.

The time has come for this challenge to be tacked. Illegal immigration needs to be stopped, without the lives of those individuals seeking better lives being in danger.

A plan should be formulated to clear the problem and not worsen it. However, the way this situation is handled will reflect on us as a people and as a country wholly. It is better if it has a positive reflection and not negative.

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