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UK Government’s Plan for New Immigration System Despite Brexit Stalling

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UK Government’s Plan for New Immigration System Despite Brexit StallingWhile there seems to be much uncertainty regarding the visa programme to replace the current one after Brexit owing to the Parliament’s disagreement, the UK government has embarked on seeking views on the future immigration system of the country.

Sajid Javid, Home Secretary, has informed the public that the government is engaging both locally and internationally in order to have the opinions of stakeholders for the overall best immigration system to adopt.

The views from business, education, voluntary, public and even private sectors across the country and abroad will influence the proposed skilled-based immigration system which is set to be a replacement to the current free movement, he said.

He also said that the proposed system would be in line with the UK’s Industrial Strategy which is targeted at having a workforce that is innovative, skilled based and highly productive.

“This aims at gathering specific detailed ideas before the agreement on the final policy is reached, so as to foster an Immigration system which will serve the country’s interest, provide a positive environment for Migrants and also contribute positively to the nation’s economy,” he said.

The new immigration system is planned to be introduced in a phased approach beginning from January 2021, unless the postponement of Brexit takes longer.

The new Immigration system, as announced by the government, will be skilled-based, preferring talents and experiences to Nationality. It will ensure that skills and talents all around the world are accessible to employers, as well as, providing that the net migration is at sustainable levels.

Removal of Annual Cap

As recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), there’s a plan to remove caps on the number of work visas issued, broaden the threshold of skills to accommodate persons with equivalent qualifications of A level, and also stop labor market tests by employers in a bid to sponsor a worker.

This will be the biggest change witnessed in the UK’s Immigration system, aiming to lure the best and smartest immigrants to the country.

A new route is likely to be made for skilled-workers at any level temporarily. This is to ensure that all businesses acquire their needed staff while training youths at the same time.

The labor market will be accessible to those with a 12-months visa, but there will be no benefits. With this visa route, family members are not permitted to come along, no settling rights in the country, but the visa bearer is entitled to a cooling off period of 12 months.

With the proposals from the white paper, genuine international students will not be limited by number barrier. However, it will extend the post-study period to 6 months for Bachelor’s or Masters and 12 months for a Ph.D.

Border Security checks will be reinforced with new measures. As such, the use of national ID cards rather than passports by EU citizens for traveling will end as this is extremely insecure and abusive.

An Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) scheme will be introduced to get the data of those individuals (EU citizens, UK citizens, Australians, Canadians, Americans, South Koreans, Japanese, New Zealand, and Singapore citizens) who don’t require a visa to travel to the UK. This will enable them to use the E-gates on arrival to the country.

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Theresa May’s No-Deal Brexit Plan Rejected by Lawmakers

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What a no-deal Brexit means for the UKOn Wednesday, 13 March, British Parliament said no to Theresa May’s no-deal Brexit as exit deadline looms. You will recall that the MPs had on two different occasions rejected the Prime Minister’s plan for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Mrs. May had earlier supported a non-binding motion stating the MPs rejected a no-deal exit 29 March, but the PM’s wishes were surprisingly denied as 312 to 308 votes were cast by Parliament to amend the motion to oppose a no-deal Brexit at any time.

Parliament also won in upholding the motion by 321 to 278 votes following the government’s attempt to get the lawmakers to defeat the motion entirely.

UK’s decision to exit the EU began about 2 years, but things did not move as fast as anticipated. Desperate urgency is now in full gear as deadline looms.

The eventualities of no-deal Brexit

There have been serious concerns across several quarters in the UK and beyond about the complications that could come with a no-deal Brexit which has made it a more unlikely outcome.

If no-deal Brexit goes through, some goods from the EU will have tariffs for the very first time while some products from non-EU countries will be without tariffs for the first time as well.

Following this latest rejection, the Parliament is expected to seek an extension to Brexit deadline in a vote slated for Thursday, 14 March.

The deadline of any Brexit extension will be May 29, according to the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. Some others think it could be extended as far as the end of June.

It is unsure if any short extension will help resolve the challenges faced so far.

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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.

To get your possible Immigration options, approach Immigration News now, and we will also evaluate your profile with our Immigration experts and advise you whether you are qualified to apply or not.

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.

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