Visas/Work Permits


Potential Impact Of White Paper – Exposure Of United Kingdom Jobs To Global Competition

The Immigration White Paper proposed both removing the Tier 2 work permit cap and diluting the skills threshold for Tier 2 visas from graduate level to A-level. The latter change would mean that jobs such as IT support worker, marketing assistant and housing officer would come under Tier 2 Depending on the salary threshold finally […]

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 […]

Evidence Submitted By Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To The Migration Advisory Committee – January 2018

The impacts of international students in the UK Summary The benefits of international students are not in doubt – provided that they are genuine. There has been substantial abuse of the route since 2009 which has now been largely dealt with. The first year of exit checks has shown that 60,000 students extended their stay […]

Submission By Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To The House Of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee

‘Immigration and Scotland’ Summary points:  Scotland’s labour force is much less dependent on migrant workers than most of the rest of the UK. The majority of EU migrants in Scotland are employed in lower skilled jobs. A sample of Scottish employers and industry representatives found that they were ‘emphatic’ that Scotland’s employment needs are not different from the rest of the UK, apart from […]

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