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MPs Condemn the Use of Android-only App in Getting Settled UK Status

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MPs Condemn the Use of Android-only App in Getting Settled UK StatusUK Home Office has been accused of digital discrimination for the creation of Android-only app for settled UK status application for EU nationals.

Sajid Javid, the home secretary, received an open letter – from top Labour MPs and MEPs – stating that the Android-only app system does not represent the fair treatment of all EU nationals.

Need for Trust

The MPs stated that the settled scheme for EU nationals must not be allowed to be bedeviled by public distrust because the public unprecedentedly observes the administrative obstacles and difficulties facing UK’s immigration system since the Windrush scandal. Unfortunately, the Android-only app system does not give the public, including EU nationals, the much-needed confidence, they said.

Beginning from January 21, EU nationals living in the UK started the application for settled status with the aid of the Android-only app designed by the Home Office. All EU nationals in the UK are required to confirm their identity using the app after which they are to visit the government website for the final part – provision of evidence that they have been in the country continuously for at least five years.

Individuals who do not have capable phones are required to visit any of the 13 centers in the UK for their verification. This has led to criticism from many of the group who have to embark on long journeys to get to the closest center.

The number of centers is expected to increase to 50 by March 30, a day after UK leaves the EU. The current system is only a test, and it is entirely voluntary, said the Home Office.

The MPs do not agree with the Home Office on this stating that the system is causing distress and promise of more centers in the future cannot give anybody certainty or confidence. What stopped it from being right from the start? They asked.

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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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What does Brexit mean for Immigrants?

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What does Brexit mean for Immigrants? Since this momentous referendum started more than two years ago, the result is yet to be seen. The advocates and opponents of each option; Norway plus, customs union, a second referendum, hard Brexit, are at loggerheads with each other.

Trade and electoral strategy dominate the current debates, unlike about three years ago. The immigration policy in Britain has not been a priority at referendum campaign. If the Prime Minister May’s deal goes smoothly in her favor, the freedom to move will end.

The system, which is to replace this deal, as written by Immigration white paper, levels down rights.

In contrast with the popular argument, which is said that for migrants outside the EU, an immigration system which is skill-based could be the fairer option, the racialised distinction between ‘safe’(the white) and the ‘unsafe’ is insisted by the policy proposal only facilitates the movement of wealthy and the whites rather than balance the treatment of BAME people who are not from the European Union.

The end of free movement would have implications for Europeans who lives are built in the UK; this is contrary to May’s promises that there would be no change.

The scheme titled “settled status” which has been planned for the EU nationals is like another ingredient for immigration scandal.

Owen Jones, the leader of Norway plus deal, a version of soft Brexit and an outcome which is an alternative to Brexit process, amongst others offers a deal of single market membership in exchange for freedom in movement. Leaving the single market is more damaging than this soft Brexit. And also, migrants’ right in the UK will be preserved.

But, this soft Brexit would render Britain without much say over the European Union’s laws in which they are bound by.

Migrants should have a voice

Pro-migrant is what the remaining campaign has to be if there is a new referendum. A successful campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union, with anti-border and anti-racist politics, does not mean that there will be no hostile environment. It doesn’t close down detention centers or stops the deportation of charter flights, but it will progress reforms and shift attitudes.

The voices of the migrants have been out of the conversation, and this is very disappointing.

The actual people who have their rights at stake can quickly be forgotten when the Brexit debate within the Labour is watched because the main focus is an electoral calculation.

In the pursuit of power, to accept migrants as collateral damage is a way of conceding on freedom of movement.

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UK Ministers Urged to Unshackle Work Visas for Skilled Migrants

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UK immigration Policies inflicts Economic self-harmThe government of the United Kingdom has been urged by a right-wing think tank to scrap immigration targets and get rid of the cap on work visas for skilled migrants because the policy is causing the economy severe self-harm.

The public choose types of immigration over the volume hence it would be wrong for any government to shift its attention to overall numbers according to a report by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).

IEA also said the current foreign student visas’ “working limits” shows discrimination against students from not so wealthy families.

Way Forward

Instead of the current policies, IEA suggested a “two-lane” visa system that maintains free movement for some countries while the prevailing system without the cap will be introduced for other countries after Brexit.

In certain ways, the current immigration policy in the country is the worst of all worlds according to the head of political economy at the IEA, Dr. Kristian Niemietz.

Explaining further, he said the unnecessary restrictive and bureaucratic nature of these policies causes severe self-harm economically as well as failing to find the solution to many public concerns.

Kristian said one of the main reasons things are this way is the lack of sincerity in immigration debates. Immigration debates spark culture war among different sides – left-wingers fighting right-wingers.

He said that people do not really care about the number of people that entered the country, they instead give much attention to who comes and why they come. Often, people only oppose types of immigration and not immigration as a whole which then makes it possible to liberalize immigration policies significantly in parts.

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Immigration is Considered as the Major Issue in Brexit Referendum

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mmigration is Considered as the Major Issue in Brexit ReferendumAccording to a social media survey, one of the main issues of Brexit referendum was immigration. This report was analyzed by accessing millions of tweets after the Brexit referendum. A research was conducted by Sheffield University according to which immigration left the issues like NHS and sovereignty behind in context of Brexit.

A report states that the issue of immigration was referred for 66,000 times by those people who were in favor of Brexit. Whereas, this issue was referred only 40,000 times by those people who were against the Brexit. This report adds further that article 50 has been neglected while breaking all the ties with Brussels. It has been made clear by the 750 tweets tweeted in this context.

The statistics made public by The Daily Mail from the reference of The Buzz Feed News reveals that 41,443 people were in favor of Brexit. Whereas, there were 41,445 people were there who opposed the Brexit. This data was based upon the hash tags used by the users on social media.

It was noticeable to see that the people who were in favor of Brexit used the immigration four times more than any other issue. The issue of Article 50 was mentioned in 753 tweets just before the voting day. Moreover, when it was cleared by High Court that Theresa May cannot alone start the process without parliament consent then it was tweeted by more than 50,000.

According to a research 51% people do not want the financial losses because of Brexit issues. There are different sectors in London which are supporting Britain to retain its position in the single market. European leaders have confirmed that they would not tolerate the movement of people to become the members of the single market. However, Theresa May is looking in the direction of setting up the position of Britain strong in the European Market.



Huge increase in immigrants to the UK

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Huge increase in immigrants to the UK According to the recent statistical reports revealed by the The government OF United Kingdom, the number of immigrants in the country reached as high as 650,000 when the Home Secretary was Theresa May last year, which broke all the records of previous years. Most of the immigrants are arriving from both the EU and non-EU countries before the referendum for Brexit was held. UK welcomed approximately 284,000 EU nationals before the referendum was held in June.

The government claimed that the rise in immigration levels was due to the EU laws for liberal movement. Previously, around 289,000 non-EU nationals were deprived of any such rights. This sudden increase in the number of immigrant numbers has now raised several doubts over the decrease in immigrant numbers that was previously claimed by the Brexit champions.

During the tenure of Theresa May total immigration figures reached at 335,000. These latest report revealed by the National statistics office have made the government to frame a target of reducing the number of immigration by tens of thousands.

The chief of the National Office for Statistics, Nicola White explains that the latest information on immigration revealed that the number is at an all time high levels. Particularly  the strength of EU nationals was at an utmost level which was a record set historically.

Last year the highest numbers of immigrants mainly were origins of Romania. The second highest number of immigrants were from China with 44,000 migrants and the third highest were from Poland with 38,000.Indian immigrants were around 36,000. However, out of 189,000 of European nationals who arrived in the UK, only 108,000 had an offer of employment with them.

The chief executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants’, Saira Grant  blames the UK government of forming such policies that would actually make it extremely tough for the immigrants to survive.

Indians Safe From The Recent Changes In Visa Category

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Indians safe from recent changes in Visa categoryIn the recent news, The Home Office in United Kingdom announced that individuals applying for Tier 2 visas from 24 November onwards under the ICT scheme would need to meet the wage threshold pre-requisite of £30,000. Earlier, the limit for the same was £20,800. However, it seems that Indian IT professionals will not be much affected by this move.

One of the managing directors of institute of management, Ranchi – “Kris Lakshmikanth”, as saying that most IT employees from India are getting paid more than the new current basic that the UK insists on. He was of the view that Indian IT firms do not pay lower salaries than the limit stipulated by the British government.

The Tier 2 Intra-company transfer category rules also require a health surcharge for migration that has to be paid. These   details will be declared in some time and would apply to all the IT companies when they file for visa applications to Britain from India.

According to Lakshmikanth, the median annual incomes of Indian IT employees in sales who are given on-site opportunity by their companies in the UK is around £50 k to £60 k pounds, and they can also earn an additional 50 to 60% commission in addition.

However, salaries paid two decades earlier for Indian IT professionals were more than what the UK government had earlier stipulated as the basis. It is also known that IT employees from India constitute 90% of visas allocated in the category.

Also, our few management experts like Sanchit Gogia (CEO of Greyhound Research), Ramesh Loganathan and IT advisory firm had strongly agreed that salary figures prescribed by Britain are not exorbitant by the Indian IT standards, so that will not affect our country.

Therefore, the consequence is that IT professionals from India will not be affected by the changes to Tier 2 ICT visa category. So ultimately, Indians have nothing to worry about the change of visa category.


Proposal to Hire Foreign Workers by Employers

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Proposal to Hire Foreign Workers by EmployersA global consultancy called PWC has put up a proposal to let companies lying in the regions of Birmingham, Manchester and other large cities of the United Kingdom to hire workers from other countries in this tough economy following Brexit. This consultancy gets its commission by the City of London Corporation and has its service scheme based on the visa policies that Canada and Australia follow. These two countries are former colonies of Britain and they are focusing immigration in the areas as the population is less and the lack of skills are inadvertently affecting the local businesses.

Sadiq Khan, the London mayor said to have started campaigns for a special “London Visa” to help people recruit from foreign countries in the capital. An important fact that we have to remember is that now, Britons can no longer move freely within the European Union. PWC’s recommendations as quoted by the Financial Times say that a broader regional policy must be implemented to support businesses in other cities, other than the UK capital. One of the formalities stated in the proposals is that the business has to initially make a request in the local authority for a visa. This will be passed on to the Home Office to give the work permits.

Other bodies and local companies have suggested putting up short-term regional visas that would last for about one year and some visas that would last for three to six years. Such regional visas would protect the rights and best interests of the foreign companies in small areas like Sunderland, where skills are needed and are not reaching because of the present UK visa system.  Mark Boleat, the chairman of the City of London Corporation has said that it is a great opportunity that came up with Brexit to revise the visa system and come up with a better one that would help many local businesses.

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