With a backlog of 150,000 outstanding cases, there are concerns that some EU citizens could be being incorrectly denied settled status, receiving instead the less secure pre-settled status.
People Management spoke to Migrate UK’s MD. Jonathan Beech believes such incidents were becoming an increasing concern. The backlog could be pushing authorities into rushing decisions over EU citizens’ rights to stay.
People Management magazine contacted Karen Kaur for her response to the CIPD report. This report has found that most employers in the UK are unaware of proposed changes to immigration rules that could make it more difficult to source lower-skilled workers after Brexit.
The CIPD report surveyed 2,182 employers, and found 58 per cent of businesses had no knowledge of the government’s plans to introduce a new skills-based migration system after the UK leaves the EU, which were outlined in a 170-page whitepaper published in December 2018.
The survey found 56 per cent of employers also said they didn’t have enough information to start making decisions about their post-Brexit recruitment strategy, with only a quarter (27 per cent) happy to make decisions based on the existing information.
Karen Kaur believes it was understandable that employers were not looking at the future, instead have a ‘right here, right now’ mentality. “If employers don’t know what’s happening now, then they aren’t going to be planning for the future,” she said.
“A lot of the CIPD report talks about retaining the talent we have already got, and EU employees can apply for settled status so they can potentially avoid new immigration rules in the future. But most are not looking that far ahead.”
After the announcement that the government will allow international students to stay in the UK for two years after graduation to find a job, Online magazine Recruiter contacted Migrate UK for their comments.
Karendeep Kaur, Migrate’s senior immigration consultant, thinks that while the proposal is welcome news for recruiters and international students, some areas of the proposal still require clarification.
She asks, would this two-year, post study work style visa, be automatically added to a student’s visa from 2020, as with the original proposed plans from MAC [Migration Advisory Committee] from 2021 or will students need to apply for these two years upon completion of their course?
It has been suggested that there will be no cap on the numbers who can apply (unlike the current quota for restricted certificates of sponsorship), allowing the student to switch in country to a work visa. In addition, there has been no indication as to whether this is a ‘free for all’ or whether it will be limited to science, technology, engineering or mathematics degrees.
With effect from 6th October 2019, the Home
Office will include more jobs in the UK that qualify as a shortage occupation.
The full list of eligible occupations will be published in Appendix K of the
The changes will be very welcome by employers who need to sponsor overseas workers under Tier 2 General of the Points Based System. Those vacancies that meet the shortage of occupation criteria will not need to undergo a Resident Labour Market test. Furthermore, qualifying jobs are awarded a high number of points under the monthly quota system which means that applicants have a very good chance of being awarded a Certificate of Sponsorship.
Jobs to be published on the forthcoming list include:
Home secretary Priti Patel has confirmed that EU citizens will be able to access temporary immigration status until the new skills based immigration system comes into force at the start of 2021.
People Management asked Karen Kaur for her comments.
‘EU nationals are still encouraged to apply for settled or pre-settled status in the UK before 31 October. Employers will need to plan and ensure that any EU workers entering the UK prior to 31 October apply for their pre-settlement status to avoid the Euro temporary leave to remain status which is only valid for three years and thereafter UK immigration rules will apply.’
The Home Office’s announcement that the government is reconsidering allowing a transition period for EU nationals has HR professionals perturbed.
Upon this announcement, People Management magazine’s Elizabeth Howlett spoke to Migrate UK and Karen Kaur had this to say:
“Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s unwillingness to phase out the current immigration rules will not allow EU nationals currently in the UK, or those looking to enter before 2021, to organise their affairs.
Although reassurances had been made that the rights of EU nationals currently living in the UK would be protected and that they would be able to remain under settled status, this would still depend on what new immigration laws come into force.
New rules have not been put in place, and the threat to end free movement is a mere 72 days away. This only adds to the uncertainty of EU nationals currently in the UK and employers across the country, who until yesterday had been planning for a December 2020 deadline.”
Barney Cotton, assistant editor for Business Leader Magazine spoke to Karen Kaur, Migrate UK’s senior immigration consultant:
‘Boris Johnson is a Prime Minister who knows that ‘playing the numbers game’ is not going to cut immigration levels as has been the Conservative manifesto since 2010 whilst Theresa May was still Home Secretary. Maybe that is why May became Prime Minister as there was the hope that migration levels will be reduced but Boris has learnt from this. Although migration from EU member states has dwindled, the rest of the world is still open for business and continues to compete for a place in the UK market.’
‘Although Boris doesn’t commit to reducing immigration levels, he does propose to put in place a stringent points-based system like Australia, which will see an elitist immigration system which takes into consideration a migrant’s level of skill, education, age and English language proficiency thus, side-lining the lower skilled migrants.’
‘However, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is proposing to drop the skill level to RQF level 3 so Boris’s request to the MAC to focus on an Australian points-based system to ‘control’ migration as oppose to ‘lowering’ it, may well be taken into consideration but without his desired result.’
‘It would be much better to see the quota system abolished alongside lowering of skill levels as MAC proposes, as there is a need for both highly skilled migrants and those that work in key manual and seasonal roles. Boris’s assertion that the migrant’s professional and personal skill levels be taken into account, will no doubt be a welcomed viewpoint on the way in which migration should be handled but his blasé approach with failing to comment on the cut to immigration levels has swung in his favour. He hasn’t promised to cut migration, but he has shown the intention to curb it.’
The Tory leadership race: What will a new prime minister mean for HR?
Column written by Alex Roberts, published July 04, 2019
As employers consider the two final candidates, HR magazine sought to find out what UK employers want from a new prime minister.
Five different perspectives were considered: academia (professor of transformational leadership), low skilled sector (farming), trade union, career management and immigration.
HR magazine approached Migrate’s MD Jonathan Beech for his perspective.
‘It is unlikely that 31 October will end up being the date EU citizens will have to enter the UK, to enjoy all the benefits currently available, but the rhetoric being used about exiting sooner rather than later, indicates that employers have look at their recruitment plans and current EU workforce now’