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UK Tightening its Highly-Skilled Foreign Worker Program

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The Times recently reported that the number of non-EU highly skilled workers entering the United Kingdom from April 2009 is estimated to fall by almost half because of tougher entry requirements based on world-wide recession and to protect British workers from losing their job to foreigners during these tough economic times.

UK Immigration Officials estimate that the number will fall from 26,000 last year to 14,000 next year as a result of rules requiring highly skilled migrants to have a master’s rather than a bachelor’s degree and to earn a minimum of £20,000 a year instead of £17,000.

Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, denied that “raising the bar” for highly skilled immigrants was narrow protectionism to safeguard British jobs and instead claimed that, “all workers now coming to the UK from outside the European Union (EU) have to meet the requirements of the Australian-style points-based system, which allows us to raise or lower the bar on who can come here.”

The United Kingdom Government also plans to change the laws regarding the deportation of EU citizens convicted of sexual, violent and drugs crimes. At the moment EU citizens can only be deported if they are given a jail sentence of two years or more. The Home Office intends to reduce this to 12 months.


Written by MithrasLaw

February 25, 2009 at 2:45 pm

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