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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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Immigration Plan for Skilled Workers gets support from Theresa May

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Theresa May supports Immigration Plan for Skilled Workers

The Cabinet of Theresa May expresses the opinion that Britain’s immigration policy, post-Brexit, should be based on skills and wealth. Moreover, it has agreed on an immigration system, which will offer visas in a tier based system. There is a hope that the Migration Policy will have an appeal to the party members, who presently have a worry about her leadership and negotiations over Brexit.

The Ministers agreed to the plan of the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid. Furthermore, in it skilled workers will find it easy, to obtain visas compared to the unskilled workers. Additionally, it will not give any preferential access to the EU citizens in the UK labor market.

The Features of the Deal

The nations which will have a Free Trade Deal with the UK will get an enhanced access, to the labor market in Britain. It may also include the USA, Canada, and other nations in the future.

Simultaneously, there were no major concerns, by Cabinet Members, regarding the status of the divorce talks. Some party members, continued their demand for a change in policy, and also suggested a Free Trade Proposal similar to Canada. This type of trade deal has the support of PM herself.

She was happy that some EU Heads of the Government were constructive in their approach. A White Paper regarding the new immigration policy will be published later.

The Migration Advisory Committee

The Migration Advisory Committee of the Government had proposed that the UK must have a policy, favoring skilled workers. It also proposed its reservations against availability of visas for unskilled workers outside agriculture. This opinion caused apprehension among business leaders, who were in favor of accessing a large labor pool for filling jobs in hospitality, construction, and haulage sectors. Some believe that hospitality and social care businesses need an inward labor flow. Such a measure is related to necessity and requirements of the economy, not opting for a preferential system, and a guarantee of ending freedom of movement.

The discussion has circled around more flexibility for the businesses to operate, mobility of services, customs, trade, needing mass migration, and the chances of a recession after leaving the EU.

Raising many topics

Another topic concerned allowing the EU citizens through the border for 30 months in case Britain left it without signing a deal.

• Ministers wait for the EU to express detailed counter-proposals to the Chequers plan before deciding the next step.
• A report was published by the Institute of Economic Affairs that proposes a deregulated, free-trade future for the Kingdom. There is a need for a careful thought, wisdom and insight, about making a Canada-type free trade agreement with the EU.
• There must be wisdom, to recognize the present reality and supports, and the future strategies, have to be carefully adopted.
• Additionally, there is a possibility that the UK will be forced to share regulations for food and goods with the EU. Under the present situation the options were either a no-deal Brexit or a hastily drawn Free-Trade Agreement. Such a plan will be popular with the public, and will be passed in the House of Commons.
• An expert felt that ministers must rethink the Brexit strategy. The White Paper of the Government would prevent a Free-Trade Agreement with the USA.
• Another expert had the opinion that the UK must deregulate as compared to the EU. Its Membership stifles prosperity, and also prevents the self governance of UK. Furthermore, it protects large current businesses from competition, and harms innovation.

Finally, there was a feeling that the negotiations with the EU have reached a dead end.

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