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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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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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UK Considers Ending Indefinite Immigration Detention

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UK Considers Ending Indefinite Immigration Detention

UK Considers Ending Indefinite Immigration Detention

Caroline Nokes, UK’s immigration minister, has informed MPs she is seriously considering calls to nip indefinite immigration detention in the bud.

The UK does not have a cap on its immigration detention and as a result a lot of cases involving detainees being held for months and even years.

During her appearance before the joint committee on human rights, the immigration minister revealed that she is watching the issue of immigration detention time limits very closely. She said her focus is to ensure a detention system that does not just uphold the country’s immigration policies but is also fair to those detained.

Detention Survey

Every year, UK incurs cost in the range of 108 million pounds on about 25,000 new detainees awaiting deportation. High court judges, parliament committees, UN and local authorities have all criticized the Government’s practice of indefinite incarceration.

It has been discovered that more than 50% of detainees are eventually not deported and a good number of them have taken legal action against the country for their detention. According to a report by Home Office, three million pounds was paid by the Government to 118 people in the 2017/2018 fiscal year on the ground of unlawful detention.

A survey that involved about 200 detainees across seven different deportation centers in England revealed that more than half (about 56%) were categorized as an adult at risk, who are only supposed to be held in cases considered extreme. This result suggests breaching of Home Office guidelines on detention.

The same survey revealed that 84% are on open-ended detention – have not been told when they will be deported. About 50% of the detainees did not commit any crime, many of whom have been detained for four months on the average.

Minister Nokes appeared before the joint committee on human rights after a bill to impose a 28-day statutory limit on immigration detention received cross-party support when tabled by Labour MP Tulip Siddiq.

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UK to make changes to Immigration Laws

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UK to make changes to immigration laws

Academic staff visa for UK universities is expected to experience significant changes in the following months according to governmental plans. This will, in turn, elicit different reactions across UK universities including a possible sharp upsurge in academic staff visas applications. Some of the planned changes are increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge and extension of the settled status scheme put in place for EU nationals.

100% increase in Immigration Health Surcharge

An annual £200 for immigration health surcharge is imposed on all Tier 2 sponsored employees. This applies to both primary applicant and all their dependents (e.g., families). This surcharge gives applicants, as well as their dependents, access to NHS service like any other UK citizen. From December 2018 (if approved by parliament), a hundred percent increase has been declared by the government implying that immigration health surcharge will cost £400 annually for workers while that for students will also double from £150 – £300.

This represents a substantial increase in cost for both employees and students, particularly for those with many family members. Universities across the UK must move quickly to take advantage of this little window to finalize as many as possible academic staff visas before the approval and endorsement of the new law.

Settled status pilot extension

The settled status pilot is made for EU nationals who want to remain in the UK post-Brexit. Employees who work for either UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) or the UK based overseas HEI are eligible to apply from 15 November 2018. This is excellent news for people who have concerns for post Brexit status. Application for settled status under the new laws will be for:

  1. Resident citizen of EU who has a valid passport or
  2. Non-citizen of EU (with biometric residence card) who is the family member of an EU citizen

The employee is equally required to either own or has access to an Android device to enable him/her use a Home Office in the process of application.

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UK Has Major Skills Shortage in Engineering and Medical Sector

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United Kingdom’s engineering and medical sector is suffering from a significant skills shortage, and it is only getting worse because of tier 2 visa system’s monthly and yearly caps. According to a research conducted in January 2018, the United Kingdom has a domestic labor shortage of 20,000 engineering professionals, which can only be filled up by foreign-born highly skilled workers. After Great Britain exited from European Union, the country saw a decrease in EU workers, one of the reasons why there’s an increase in tier 2 visa applications.

Engineering UK reported that the country will see a shortage of more than 180,000 engineering professionals by 2020. It is a growing cause of concern among migrants in the United Kingdom as they are choosing to find employment in some other country. Every year the British government publishes the United Kingdom Shortage Occupation List that contains occupations that are short staffed. While the list contains hundreds of occupations, 53 of them are engineering occupations. Some of the top short staffed engineering jobs are an automotive engineer, a chemical engineer, control and instruct engineer, geotechnical, integrated circuit test, mechanical, power system, and product design engineer.

How does the tier 2 visa work?

Before hiring a non-European Union skilled worker, the British employer needs to advertise the job opening for a minimum of 28 days in European Economic Area and the United Kingdom. The tier 2 visa lasts for up to three years, and if the skilled migrant worker applies for a job from the Shortage Occupation List, you get a discount on the application fee. If the person continues to work at the same firm, he will get the visa extended by two years.

If EU workers want to work in the UK, they need to obtain the EEA Residence Card that allows them to switch employers while working in the United Kingdom.


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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