Visas/Work Permits


Save The First Chance Rule

The ‘First Chance’ rule – also known as the ‘Resident Labour Market Test’ – is an immigration safeguard that means UK workers have the first opportunity to apply for job openings before such vacancies are offered overseas. With the number of UK jobcentre claimants rising by 126% since the lockdown began, it is vital that […]

Offer Of Citizenship Path For British Nationals Overseas In Hong Kong

The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab have said that, if China imposes its National Security Law on Hong Kong, the British government would expand the British National (Overseas) – BNO – passport holders’ current right to visit for six months without a visa into an extendable 12 months. Under this status, work […]

77% Say: Put People Already Here Back To Work First Rather Than Looking Abroad

Getting UK people back to work after the Covid-19 crisis should take priority over making it easier for employers to look abroad, according to a new poll. 77% of respondents to a new Deltapoll survey (commissioned by Migration Watch UK) said that they believed government must ensure that employers prioritise hiring UK workers instead of […]

Immigration Plan Fails To Protect British Workers As Jobless Figures Spike

Government proposals would almost certainly fail to ensure any kind of significant reduction in immigration from the figures witnessed before the Covid-19 crisis struck, and may well drive a large increase in non-EU numbers. That’s the upshot of estimates contained in a new Home Office Impact Assessment. Such an outcome would be anathema to 30 […]

The Coronavirus Crisis And Border Control

Introduction 1. There is a clear risk that older visitors from overseas could add to pressures on an already struggling NHS. In recent years there have been about 14 million visitor admissions per year from outside the EU, some from countries where the virus is a significant factor. Nearly ten million of these visitors were […]

Some Impacts Of Very High Immigration – Factsheet For The United Kingdom

1. Net migration into the UK from overseas stands at 240,000 (year to September 2019 – see ONS bulletin). EU net migration has fallen by about 100,000 since 2016 but still stands at 64,000 more people coming than leaving. Non-EU net migration to the UK is the highest since 2004, and gross non-EU immigration is […]

Statistical Failures Should Not Obscure The Huge Gulf Between Politicians And The Public Over Immigration

By Alp Mehmet, Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2019 The public will rightly approach the new immigration figures, which estimate that 226,000 more long-term migrants moved here than departed in the year ending March 2019, with a healthy dose of scepticism. That is only natural in the wake of an admission by the Office for National […]

How The Immigration White Paper Flies In The Face Of The Findings And Recommendations Of Government’s Own Migration Advisory Committee

Summary Notwithstanding the change of Prime Minister and Home Secretary, it appears that the December 2018 Immigration White Paper is still to form the basis of future immigration policy after Brexit. The government claim to have been guided by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in drawing up these proposals and, following pressure from the corporate […]

The Government Should Retain The £30,000 Pay Threshold For Foreign Workers

The government have asked the Migration Advisory Committee to carry an in-depth analysis of potential future salary thresholds and the range at which they could be set. It would not be in the interests of the UK economy, its workers, or the general population for the primary Tier 2 salary threshold to be set below £30,000 per […]

The United Kingdom’s Points Based System

Summary The UK already has a Points Based System (PBS) but it has failed to reduce, or even control, immigration. It needs reinforcement, not disruptive change. The Australian system operates entirely differently – its main purpose is to increase, not to reduce, immigration. The UK Experience A PBS was introduced in 2008 for work and […]

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