UK Announces New Immigration Regulations


The United Kingdom (UK) Government yesterday (February 7), announced new immigration and asylum regulations, some of which could impact directly on Jamaicans living, studying or planning to move to that country.
The new regulations, over time, will also include fingerprinting all who apply for a visa.
Home Secretary in the UK, Charles Clarke who outlined the Government’s five-year strategy for asylum and immigration, said it sets out a wide-ranging plan to ensure that only those who were eligible could work or study there, and that it would crack down on abuse and illegal immigration.
The main ingredients of the new immigration strategy include:
A new points system for people applying to work or study in the UK. The scheme will consist of four new tiers – highly skilled, skilled, low skilled and student/specialist (such as football players). Points will be adjusted to respond to changes in Britain’s labour market.
Financial bonds where necessary for specific categories where there has been evidence of abuse. This will be refundable only on return to country of origin.
Ending chain migration by limiting family migration. There will be an end to the practice whereby those who have settled in the UK can bring in dependents, who can then bring in further family members in their own right.
Ending appeals. The Government has already reduced the number of times an asylum seeker can appeal against a decision, and will now extend this to migration routes by abolishing appeals for those seeking to enter the UK to work or study. Mr. Clarke said while the UK needed migration, as tourists, students and migrant workers make a vital contribution to the UK economy, the Government needed to ensure that “we let in migrants with the skills and talents to benefit Britain, while stopping those trying to abuse our hospitality and place a burden on our society”.
“We will introduce a simpler, clearer, more effective scheme for those wishing to come and work here, focusing on the highly skilled migrants that can help us build our economy. Over the next five years we will use new technology to transform our immigration control, including the rollout of e-borders and fingerprinting everyone who applies for a visa. We have global communications, global economies and global movement of people. We have to adapt to these developments, not by putting up the shutters, but by managing, controlling and selecting,” he added.
Under the new regime, there will be no automatic right to stay in the UK for lower skilled workers and students. They will have to leave when their visas expire. Only skilled workers who support themselves financially can apply to stay permanently after five years, an increase on the current four, and they will be required to speak and write English.
Mr. Clarke said that as part of the continued drive against illegal workers, the Government would introduce a

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