Visas/Work Permits


Immigration And The Irish Border In The Event Of A No Deal Brexit

The government has consistently said that it will do everything in its power to avoid a hardening of the Irish border whatever the circumstances (although it has also been argued that, in the event of a no deal Brexit, a ‘hard border would be inevitable’). The government said in December 2018 that British / Irish […]

What Would An Extension Of Article 50 Mean For Immigration?

Summary: Freedom of movement to the UK would continue during any extension period. EU net migration has averaged 80,000 per year since the Referendum. The extension of Article 50 may substitute for the transition period. However, as Martin Howe QC has argued, unlike during the transition period (during which free movement would also continue), the […]

Potential Impact Of White Paper – Exposure Of Full-time Jobs To New / Increased Global Recruitment

Summary: Depending on the primary salary threshold for skilled workers that is finally implemented as part of the post-Brexit immigration system, between 6.2 million and up to 8.8 million full-time jobs held by UK-born employees would be exposed to the potential for new or much increased global recruitment. This is based on analysis of the number of full-time […]

Our Response To The Government’s Immigration White Paper

The proposal to admit an unlimited number of low-skilled workers from a range of countries is astonishing. A validity ‘limited to twelve months’ could well become a means of fiddling the immigration figures since they do not count as migrants unless they intend to be here for more than a year. Furthermore, there is no way in which their […]

Proposal For An 11-month Work Visa – A Very Bad Idea

Summary On 23 November, the Daily Telegraph reported on leaked Cabinet papers which reveal that the Government has drawn up plans to introduce an 11-month visa for low-skilled workers to come to the UK. This proposal runs counter to the economic advice of the government’s own Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and will be seen as […]

27th November 2018 (Employment, Policy, Visas/Work Permits)

An ‘army’ Of Illegal Immigrants Is Arriving In The Uk Every Year

The illegal immigrant population of the UK is rising by 70,000 per year – nearly equivalent to the size of the full-time British Army. That is the conclusion of a new paper (Illegal immigration – What can be done?) being issued by Migration Watch UK. The paper estimates the gross annual rise in the illegal […]

Report By Scottish Affairs Committee Should Acknowledge That Over Two-thirds Of Scots Want Reduced Eu Immigration

The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has released its report on the topic of ‘Immigration and Scotland’. This is our response. It is very disappointing that the report’s conclusion saw fit to ignore the crucial fact, made in both oral and written evidence to the Committee, that the majority of Scots [55%] think that immigration levels over […]

Evening Standard Editorial Contains Litany Of Errors

The editorial ‘Clash on immigration — a win for the Cabinet’, which was published in the Evening Standard on 4 June 2018, is sloppily written and contains a number of factual errors: It alludes to what it calls the Prime Minister’s ‘opposition to visas for foreign NHS doctors’. This is a misrepresentation. As the government […]

Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration

The health sector had years to improve training of locals. Now they call for immigration. But that is not a solution. The only long-term answer is more training & better retention of existing staff We are regularly told that limits on skilled work permits are harming the NHS by preventing doctors and nurses coming in. […]

Confederation Of British Industry Takes Narrow Minded And Selfish View Of Immigration

1. Carolyn Fairbairn of the CBI has said that being able to access overseas labour of all skill levels and regardless of the eventual deal (or no deal) we strike with the EU is vital to business productivity and growth. 2. She has also said that extending to EU citizens the Tier-2 visa route currently […]

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