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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 Immigration Plans Mark Another Failure on the Path to Brexit

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UK Immigration Plans Mark Another Failure on the Path to BrexitIn yet another turn of event in a whirlwind of situations rocking the UK, the long-awaited immigration paper has been finally unveiled by the government.

The Whitehall has been through a handful of tumultuous situations in recent weeks, including more cabinet splits, alleged sexist comment about Theresa May by Jeremy Corbyn as well as Conservative ministers’ threats to leave the whip, in case no deal Brexit becomes government policy. The white paper is the latest.

The White Paper

Free movement of workers between the UK and the US will be hampered as the immigration white paper is aimed at reducing immigration level by ending free entry of workers between the two countries.

As from 2021, generalist workers can enter the UK without already having a job offer and remain in the country for up to a year seeking work. At the end of these 12 months, they must leave the country as part of what is called ‘cooling off period’ after which they can enter the country again. This transition period will be between 2021 and 2025.

People who use this system are:

– Required to pay for their visa,

– Not allowed to take advantage of public funds (e.g., health care) and

– Barred from using another visa route.

These proposals have been tagged problematic. Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, described the issue as follow: firms would be encouraged to hire different personnel per year by the temporary 12-month visa route for immigrant workers that receive below £30,000. This results in unnecessary cost hike as well as discouraging migrants from being part of local communicates which is a pertinent social concern. He described the situation as good for neither business nor the public.

The limitations on skilled workers will be removed, and due consultations will be made regarding the proposal of £30,000 minimum salary requirement for skilled migrants. No immigration target will be set for each calendar year through Home Secretary Sajid Javid said they immigration will be maintained at levels considered sustainable.

Removal of such caps should ordinarily have signaled positivity as businesses will be able to access their required foreign talents more efficiently, but this move will most likely end in a considerable rise in cost and administrative burden of getting these migrants because of the end of the free movement. With free movement, employees can be sought at much lower costs from the EU.

It is crystal clear that this white paper is a representation of the government’s toxic approach to immigrants and holds no promise of better days post-Brexit.

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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.

Visa procedure for Malaysian travelers hastened by UK

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Visa procedure for Malaysian travelers hastened by UKUK Home Office declared that Malaysians heading to the UK will now be able to make an application for the Registered Traveler Service of the United Kingdom. The Rakyat Post quotes that British High Commission has declared that  the travelers from Malaysia are now permitted to use the service to get a hastened clearance via the UK immigration.

Approved citizens will get a faster entry at the British border via  the ePassport gates (for those holding an ePassport) or the United Kingdom /European Union passport lane so additional landing card is not required for them.

The British high commissioner, Vicki Treadell said to Malaysia, that 176,000 visitors from Malaysia entered the UK in 2015 which is a rise of 12 percent from the previous year. Southeast Asian country’s citizens will now savor all the treats Britain offers due to the hastened entry at the UK border.

The Registered Traveler Service gives hastened clearance via the UK border only to the sanctioned members whose advanced security procedure has taken place. This service will be made available from 21 November to Malaysian travelers.

Robert Goodwill, who is the migration minister of the United Kingdom is glad that their country welcomes new  business and also expressed his excitement  to share the benefits with Malaysian travelers. Adding that the scheme was also available to many other countries, he said that he was happy to welcome Malaysia to the community of Registered Traveler.

Eligible for this scheme are those Malaysian travelers, who have a valid passport, either possess a visa or entry clearance or have travelled to Britain a minimum of 4-time in last two years. The applicant  will receive a provisional letter of acceptance after the application is approved by the authorities followed by the important and detailed background checks.

The membership is confirmed and certified only if the applicants present themselves to the designated officer when they  land in the UK where their membership procedure would be finalized.

UK changes visa rules for non EU citizens

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UK changes visa rules for non EU citizensThe British government has declared few changes in visa rules for citizens of non-European countries which were effective from 24 November. The new rules and regulations are expected to affect a lot of Indians and workers working in the field of technology. The UK Home Office quoted that the first two revisions to Tier 2 in March after a review by the Migration Advisory Committee will impact applications made from 24 November onwards.

The latest rules announced by the UK Home Office, expects applicants of Tier2 ICT (intra-company transfer) category to have a salary of at least £30,000 per year which is an increase from the earlier income requirement of £20,800 per year. The Indian technological companies in the United Kingdom often refers to the ICT and according to the findings of Migration Advisory Committee of United Kingdom in early 2016, nearly 90 percent of Information technology workers from India made up to visas issued under this category.

Additionally , the Tier 2 (General) salary threshold has hiked for experienced workers to £25,000.Also the Tier 2 (ICT) graduate trainee earning salary threshold has been fallen to £23,000 and the number of places has raised to 20 per company every year.The skills transfer sub-category of Tier 2 (ICT)  has been closed.

Reportedly the non-EU nationals including the Indians will also be affected by the latest rule announced by the UK government. Owing to the new English language requirements when the applicant applies for the settlement as a family following two and a half years of stay in Britain on a five year path to residential  settlement in the country. The new rule would be applicable to both partners and parents of applicants whose current leave to remain in Britain under the family immigration rules will be expiring from 1 May 2017 onward. The applicants are expected to follow the latest rules to apply for visa.


Prospects for increased visas for Indians in the UK

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Prospects For Increased Visas For Indians In The UkTheresa May, Prime Minister of UK has given indication that Indian Visas may get increased if the Indian Government support them on the issue of migrants staying more than the period of their visa. It should be taken into account that the Indian Student Fraternity has been facing a lot of problem regarding the processing of their visas to the UK. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the British Government to take immediate actions for the immigration of Indian students to the UK.

In the Business Leaders Summit held in New Delhi, UK industrialist Sir James Dyson has favored and backed the smoother visa process of Indian visas to UK. British Premier’s visit to India for three days also concentrated on the same issue. Easy policies for bilateral trade between these countries post Brexit policy was also the focus of this visit.

Theresa May, however, assured that nine out of ten Indian students are being approved for the UK visa. India demanded for the lessening of eligibility criteria and rise in number of visas approved. Britain also agreed on cost deduction which will surely ensure the increased number of visa processing for the UK.

In return of these favors, India would have to help UK for the return of Indians who do not have legal Visas. Indian PM Narendra Modi revealed that the current visa policy of UK resulted in 50% decrease of Indian students approaching the UK.

Chief of Cobra beer, Lord Bilimora has also demanded of multiple entry visa of less than £100 should be extended to Indians too. Sir James also informed that it would reflect in the shortage of engineers in UK by almost one million. UK has only one third of the engineers which means there is a huge transformation required for the Visa policies, and make the visa process even more amiable for students from India to attract better talents.

Tier 2 visa opportunities for students in UK

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Tier 2 visa opportunities for students in UKUK immigration has unveiled an all-new tier four visa pilot program for a duration of 2 years recently. This program will pave the way for non-European scholars who are pursuing Masters degree program for thirteen months or less from 4 best universities in the United Kingdom to stay back in the nation. They can stay for a maximum of 6 months once they have successfully completed the master’s degree. This would let them to get hold of good job opportunities in the United Kingdom through the visa scheme. The government has put forth this plan for the best 4 universities in the United Kingdom as the visa refusal level is too low for these universities. It is expected that this scheme if successfully implemented could speed up the process of applying for tier 4 visa.

The students from the following universities alone can be part of this scheme – Imperial college, London University of Bath, University of California and University of Cambridge.

A spokesperson from the Home Office stated that: “Individuals who wish to learn at the finest educational organizations in the United Kingdom have the most favorable opportunities now. This prudently envisaged visa program will make sure that the universities are reliably competitive and capable to entice the smartest and finest scholars across the globe.” She further states that all of the scholars who are partaking in this program has to meet all the standards as per the immigration rules established by the United Kingdom Home Office. All of the scholars need to meet suitable security and identity checks. Any request that doesn’t meet these immigration rules would be declined.

It is expected that the Home Office will carefully scrutinize this visa pilot program during 2- year period. The government would also perform an official assessment of the Tier four program once it gets to its conclusion. This would help to make any tweaks in the program if needed.

UK Mulls Changes To Permanent Residency For Immigrants

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The UK is planning to overhaul residency policy and may terminate automatic residency for migrant workers

The immigration minister of UK Mr. Damian Green recently published that the government is all set to pushing the latest reforms regarding automatic settlement in terms of the employment which is required to be terminated.

According to the UK immigration news, as until now, the migrants on the work permit or the domestic worker’s visa expected that they could go for applying for permanent residency after the 5 years and for the British Citizenship, a year later.

According to the UK immigration news the radical changes includes the new minimum pay thresholds means that candidates with their best working experience are the ones who will be able to apply for the desired residency. As per the new rules, the government intends to do the following:

  • The government will continue to monitor and seek changes to the immigration policy and may even make additional changes to permanent residency policy.
  • Those who run their own business, along with talented migrants will fall under Tier 1 category.
  • As per the UK immigration news, the government will continue to assist and enable settlement for those who fall under Tier 2 plus provided they meet the minimum wage requirement of £35,000.
  • PH-D level scientist and other researchers will qualify the settlement without having the minimum salary criteria.
  • The government will also consider all workers to be exempted in terms of the minimum settlement salary in case of shortage occupations jobs which may include the nurses, social workers, teachers and much more.
  • The candidates who fall under the Tier 2 can  extend the temporary visa in order to stay in UK up to 6 years along with a cooling-off period of about a year.
  • The government plans to make it possible for overseas domestic workers to apply and work privately, in UK for a period of up to six months, but they would be required to stay employed by the same company for this entire duration.
  • The UK government also makes it possible for overseas visitors to undertake short term assignments, for periods not extending one to two months, with no requirements of sponsorship by anyone.
  • Tier 5 category workers, are those who are employed by various diplomatic households, and as such, are allowed to stay and work in UK for a period of up to five years.

The proposed changes, some of which are already in effect, are designed to limit immigration as per criterion set by the government.

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