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Indians to Benefit as UK Lifts Limit on PhD-Level Work Visas

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Indians to Benefit as UK Lifts Limit on PhD-Level Work Visas With the limit placed on the PhD-level work visas to be lifted, it is viewed that Indians are one of the most significant professional migrants which will benefit most from the plan.

In a budget update (also called the Annual Spring Statement) announced on Wednesday by the UK Chancellor, Mr. Philip Hammond, there will be no limit to the number of migrants with high qualifications that can apply to work in the UK.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Hammond said the major pillar of the plan is to make sure that Britain remains at the top when it comes to technology revolution as this is what is needed in transforming the economy. As such, to achieve this, Ph.D. level roles will be exempted from visa caps beginning from this autumn. He also added that the rules of Immigration on 180-day absences will be updated so that there will be no penalty for fieldwork researchers who wish to stay in the country.

Indians leading the race

From the current data in the UK Home Office, last year, Indians who were granted the Tier 2 visas increased by 3,023, a 6% increase when compared to the year before.

The universities in the United Kingdom appreciated the exemption of the PhD-level visa by the UK government as they are major employers of foreign researchers.

According to the Director of Universities UK International, Vivienne Stern, the news is much-welcomed news for the Indian researchers who would love to work in the UK and also for the universities as well. She also stated that most of the leading researchers in the UK are Indians.

This announcement follows after the Healthcare workers were removed from the visa cap to address the shortage of workers in the state-funded National Health Service (NHS) last year.

Currently, visas issued every year under the Tier 2 skilled worker section are very limited. As such, this current announcement shows that when a new immigration system is in power, there will be a removal of the visa cap completely for skilled workers in 2021.

Following a Migration Dialogue with the Indian government officials earlier this year, the UK Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said that she was delighted that Indians students come to the UK to study and also that they are granted more visas than other countries combined.

She further said that she still hopes for the best from Indians who would love to live and work in the country, when the new system comes into operation from 2021.

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Report Proposes New Visas to Tackle Tech Skills Gaps in the UK

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Report Proposes New Visas to Tackle Tech Skills Gaps in the UK According to the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), there is a shortage of skilled workers in about 90% of technology companies, and 61% of these companies have difficulty in finding staff with practical or technical skills for the job.

A lot of companies are having difficulties in recruiting skilled workers in the UK, and as such, the new immigration system is being blamed for the inability to recruit foreigners.

This report was funded by the Founder of Deliveroo, Will Shu. He said that the company prefers US workers because they possess the skills required. Also, another person from the e-commerce industry reported that the company recruits technology staff from Amazon, Netflix, and Facebook because of the inability to find a UK worker with skills in the e-commerce sector.

A report from the Herding Unicorns suggests that a targeted visa scheme should be made to give firms with the potential of becoming “Unicorn companies,” the ability to hire from abroad.

It could involve expanding the number of technology visas under the Exceptional Talent (Tier 1) route; however, the best benefit would be gotten from a class of Unicorn Visas which fits the requirements.

The report insists that the vacancies in organizations with great potential should be given the same treatment as other professions on the shortage list. A certificate of sponsorship would be given to organizations based on qualifications to aid in attracting the best and excellent brains from around the world.

‘Less Bureaucratic’

The proposed process is tipped to be extremely less bureaucracy than the current immigration system for the skilled profession, and this will enable employers to grow with their businesses rather than deal with everyday paperwork.

The report encourages that the process would work correctly with what the government has in mind, as Ministers have stated clearly that they are in search of ways to give out this additional  offer to experts in digital technology approved under Tech Nation Visa, which is under the Tier 1(Exceptional route) and digital Tech occupations in shortage.

While one-quarter of Tech scale-up has complained about the computer and software literacy skills, 21% expressed their difficulty in finding the skills in administrative management.

As such, the report suggests that to help make sure that there is Talent in the UK, reassessment of skills be done by the government, with the private sector and tech scales-up in the lead.

This includes a thorough inspection of digital training at colleges and universities. Also, a council of sector skills should be formed to evaluate the digital skills which are needed by organizations of high-growth.

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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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