Visas/Work Permits


Student Immigration Reforms Appear To Have Led To More Indian Undergraduates At Top Universities

It is often noted by the academic lobby that there has been a fall since 2010 in the number of prospective Indian students applying for a visa to study at a UK university. For example, Conservative peer Lord Bilimoria wrote in the Daily Telegraph in August 2017: “The number of Indian students studying in the […]

Tony Blair’s Suggested Controls On Migration From The European Union Are Nothing Of The Sort

The government is reportedly considering post-Brexit immigration proposals that would end free movement rules immediately upon the UK’s departure from the EU while gradually bringing in measures to reduce the number of lower-skilled European migrants. However, in an article published on 9th September, Mr Blair argues that ending the free movement of people in order […]

The Uk Government’s Proposal On Eu Citizens’ Rights – An Overview

The UK government has now published a detailed proposal on the future rights of EU citizens living in the UK before the UK leaves the EU. The main elements are summarised in the link below. The UK is of course negotiating with the European Union, which has taken a different view of those who should […]

Would Government Policy To Reduce Net Migration Cost The Taxpayer £6bn A Year?

Claims that reaching the immigration target will bring a heavy cost to the Exchequer are simply wrong. They are based on unrealistic assumptions that do not reflect the actual policies envisaged. That is the conclusion of a paper issued by Migration Watch UK today. See here: https://www.migrationwatchuk.org/press-release/492 The claims are based on long term forecasts […]

Press Release – New Temporary Visa For European Workers To Plug Short-term Skills Gaps

Migration Watch UK have today issued a paper (EU Immigration, Post-Brexit – A Comprehensive Policy) on the prospect for temporary visas for EU migrants to work in jobs at lower skill levels than presently required for admission of non-EU nationals, such as bricklaying, plumbing and construction among others, for a maximum of three years after […]

Eu Immigration, Post-brexit – A Comprehensive Policy

Summary 1. A major benefit of Brexit will be our ability to control migration from the EU, now running at about 160,000 a year (net). The focus should be on preserving access for the highly skilled by means of work permits similar to those now issued to highly skilled non-EU migrants.[1] 2. For some occupations […]

Migration Watch Uk Proposals For An Immigration Policy After Brexit – What We Actually Said

In a blog for UK in a Changing EU, Professor Jonathan Portes draws attention to  a new report from the Office of National Statistics about migrant workers in the UK labour market. While the report contains much interesting information, Professor Portes uses it to make assertions about Migration Watch proposals for immigration in the future […]

Annual Cap Of 20,700 On Work Permits Has Never Been Reached

Business lobby have been crying “wolf” Despite frequent complaints from businesses the annual cap on Tier 2 work permits has had virtually no impact on their ability to recruit the brightest and best from around the world. That is the conclusion of a report being issued by Migration Watch UK, which finds that the annual cap of […]

4th January 2017 (Employment, Visas/Work Permits)

Scotland’s Need For Skilled Migrant Workers

Summary: 1. The Scottish Government has claimed that Scotland needs continued free movement of people for EU citizens when the UK leaves the European Union, to deal with a ‘skills gap’.[1] But new analysis of the Labour Force Survey suggests that the proportion of Scotland’s total highly-skilled workforce comprised of EU migrants is roughly similar […]

15th December 2016 (Employment, Visas/Work Permits)

Lord Green Writes In Conservative Home: Brexit And Immigration – Time For Some Clarity On Aims

Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK. November 30, 2016 It is now abundantly clear that some opponents of Brexit are seeking to use parliamentary procedures to delay and obstruct the forthcoming negotiations in the hope that they can engineer another referendum with a different result. Indeed, the Liberal Democrat leader has virtually said as much. […]

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