Newly announced points based immigration system

In a speech at the Conservative Party’s annual conference on the 3rd of October, the Home Secretary announced the government will introduce a points-based immigration system similar to Australia, once Britain leave the EU.

People Management magazine contacted Karen Kaur for her comments.

‘The Home Secretary’s approach would allow for the UK government to more directly control it’s borders, as the visa would be granted to the skilled migrant, rather than allocated to an employer.’

However Karen believes that this approach focusses on the brightest and best talent, so risks sidelining lower skilled migrants whose industries are experiencing skills shortages.

Read the full article here:

https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news/articles/point-based-immigration-system-would-make-migration-to-uk-harder

Concerns some EU citizens could be incorrectly denied settled status

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.

Read the whole article here:

https://www.cipp.org.uk/resources/news/drssprdtav.html

CIPD survey – employers unaware of post-Brexit visa rules

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.”

Read the full article here:

https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news/articles/employers-unaware-post-brexit-visa-rules-cipd-survey?utm_source=mc&utm_medium=email&utm_content=pm_daily_20092019.Employers+unaware+of+post-Brexit+visa+rules%2c+finds+CIPD+survey&utm_campaign=7295441&utm_term=4640212

International students permitted to stay after graduation

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.

Read the full article here:
https://www.recruiter.co.uk/news/2019/09/international-students-can-apply-work-rather-leave-uk

Shortage of occupation list expanded to include more jobs

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 Immigration Rules.

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:

  • Engineering roles (SOC codes 2121, 2122, 2123, 2124, 2126, 2127, 2129, 2461)
  • IT business analysts and designers (2135)
  • Programmers and software development professionals (2136)
  • Web designers (2137)
  • Cyber security specialists (2139)
  • Medical practitioners (2211)
  • Veterinarians (2216)
  • Architects (2431)
  • Quantity Surveyors (2433)
  • Occupational Therapists (2222)
  • Graphic Designers (3421)

EU citizens moving to the UK after a no-deal Brexit will be able to access temporary immigration status

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.’

Read the full article here:

https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news/articles/employers-relieved-government-eases-no-deal-brexit-migration-rules

Home Office consider ending freedom of movement

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.”

Read the full article here

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More than one million EU citizens granted settled or pre-settled status

It has been four months since EU citizens could apply for settled or pre-settled status. People Management magazine consider how successful this initiative has been.

Elizabeth Howlett, of People Management magazine, asked Karen Kaur for her comments.

“The process has proved to be simple, straightforward with an average time of 30 mins to complete the online application and uploading of documents.

Decisions were being provided within 24 hours, sometimes sooner, and despite initial concerns that the system would crash under the number of applications, it was so far proving to be stable.

There is no excuse not to apply, as the process is proving to be efficient and beginning to provide clarity to those in need of this and to those who have played a part in contributing to the UK.

The government’s provided toolkit for employers meant there was no excuse for why HR departments shouldn’t be assisting their workforce make their settled status applications.

If the workforce needs reassurance, this is a way to show that an employee’s best interests are at the heart of the organisation.”

Read People Magazine’s article, click here

HR Review also quotes Karen Kaur

Business Leader Magazine seeks Migrate UK’s opinion on new Prime Minister

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.’

Revised minimum skills levels for overseas workers: RFQ levels 3 and 4 with salary between £20k and £30k?

HR Magazine invited Migrate UK’s MD Jonathan Beech to consider whether lowering salary thresholds for foreign workers from £30,000 to £20,00 would solve the skills crisis.

Published on 24th July 2019, read Jonathan’s article here:

https://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/article-details/will-lowering-salary-thresholds-solve-the-skills-crisis/356473/?utm_content=Will%20lowering%20salary%20thresholds%20solve%20the%20skills%20crisis%3F&utm_campaign=HR24July19&utm_source=HR%20Magazine&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hrmagazine.co.uk%2Farticle-details%2Fwill-lowering-salary-thresholds-solve-the-skills-crisis%2F%24AMF_FIELD_mab_userid%24%2F