For Immediate Release
UK Immigration – 5 year strategy on
Immigration & Asylum. How will it affect you?
UK Home Secretary Mr. Charles Clarke announced UK’s 5 year
plan on Immigration & Asylum titled 'Controlling
our borders: making migration work for Britain' which includes
following major reforms to UK’s Immigration policies:
- The emphasis is to ensure that only those who benefit Britain
can come to the UK to work or study
- To start a Points based system similar to HSMP for Work Permits
and Student Visas. There will be categories like Highly Skilled,
Skilled, Low Skilled and Student / Specialists.
- To make Employers responsible for reporting if the Work Permit
holder leaves the job
- To make Educational Institutes and Colleges responsible if
the Student does not report for studies or leaves before completing
- To phase out the low skills scheme like sector based scheme
and seasonal agricultural workers schemes in view of inclusion
of 10 more countries in the EU since the citizens of these countries
have complete freedom to come to the UK to seek work.
- Highly Skilled individuals like Doctors, IT Professionals and
Finance Professionals will be welcome to come to the UK even when
they do not have a job in hand and they would be free to find
jobs on arrival.
- Permanent Resident status will be allowed after 5 years in
place of current 4 years and that too after test of English and
knowledge about UK.
- To restrict the sponsorship of family dependents
- Stricter Fines for Employers employing illegal workers
These new changes will come into effect over next few months but
it is worth noting the recent changes to various UK immigration
/ visa schemes:
- From 1st October 2004 there have been some changes to the rules
regarding in-country applications and switching status from one
visa category to another. Students can not now switch to Work
Permit or HSMP unless they have completed the Graduate or Masters
Degree for which they were granted initial student visa.
- From 8th February 2005 Working Holidaymaker visa scheme is
changed and employment incidental to holidays is only to be allowed
with maximum 12 months cap to employment under this visa.
- There have been changes to rules related to getting married
in the UK to stop sham marriages
If you are already in the UK under HSMP, Work Permits, Working
Holidaymaker or Student visa or if you are planning to apply under
any of the above schemes these changes may affect you. We at HSMP
Services Limited (http://www.hsmp-services.co.uk) will update the
site content regularly to include these changes from time to time
and you should visit the site at regular intervals. If you would
like to ask questions related to your personal circumstances you
can visit ‘contact us’ page on http://www.hsmp-services.co.uk
and submit your question and we will try to provide you the answers.
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