The new points system for UK migrants has commenced and aims to be fully deployed by 2009. The scheme has taken some years to develop. This system completely changes the way migrants will be allowed into the UK to work, train or study. The previous 80 work permits and entry schemes for work and study […]
Emphasis of the system is on good language skills in English
The new points system for UK migrants has commenced and aims to be fully deployed by 2009. The scheme has taken some years to develop. This system completely changes the way migrants will be allowed into the UK to work, train or study.
The previous 80 work permits and entry schemes for work and study are replaced by this new system. The objective is to provide opportunity for the most skilled workers to gain access into the UK. The better your skills the more chances you have to gain entry into the UK.
This system does not affect the European Union. Therefore, workers and students from the EU will be still allowed to move around the without any restrictions.
There are five tiers that define the way people applying for UK work and study will be reviewed for acceptance. Points will be awarded based on experience, aptitude, age and the requirement for their specific skills in any sector of the UK labour market. The five tiers are as follows.
A Migration Advisory Committee will review shortages in the UK job market and advise the government how t o address these. Especially, using Tier Two to aid employers recruit more foreign workers to meet their demand.
A Migration Impacts Forum has been set up to focus on parties outside of Government, to provide dialogue in an organised and frequent manner related to migration issues and impacts of local needs.
Employers looking to employ foreign workers will be required to obtain licences to sponsor workers into the UK and conform to certain sponsorship requirements.
Emphasis of the system is on good language skills in English and the ability for migrants to support themselves and their dependants in the UK.
This change will affect a lot of workers and students from the South Asia and will now scrutinise their ability to work or study in the UK. One of the major requirements of the points system will be fluency in English. This will immediately reduce the prospect of people with excellent skills and ability to obtain jobs in the UK purely based on poor language skills, which in the past has not prevented manual workers finding work.
Does this mean that such strong measures will increase the black economy in the UK and further increase illegal work practices to find ways around the system?
How will this impact Brit-Asian businesses such as the sewing factories churning out clothes by the hour and the huge number of Asian food restaurants employing chefs who do not have the language skills but definitely know far more about cooking excellent food? It will be interesting to see how the new system will cater for such needs.
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