Government sets out proposals for breaking the link between temporary and permanent migration
- Published on Thursday, 09 June 2011 12:04
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Migrants coming to the UK to work on temporary visas will no longer be able to apply for settlement, under proposals announced by the government today (June 9th)
The government is implementing reforms to the immigration system which will reduce immigration to sustainable levels. Today's announcement is the next step in this process.
Launching a public consultation on reforms to the work routes leading to settlement, Immigration Minister Damian Green set out plans to re-classify visas as either 'temporary' or 'permanent' and introduce stricter criteria for those who want to stay.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said:
"The proposals I am making today are aimed at breaking the link between temporary and permanent migration.
"Settlement has become almost automatic for those who choose to stay. This needs to change. The immigration system has got to be made to work properly.
"We want the brightest and best workers to come to the UK, make a strong contribution to our economy while they are here, and then return home."
Under the current system, many workers are allowed to apply to stay here permanently. In 2010, 84,000 people who entered the UK for employment were granted settlement. This compares to less than 10,000 who qualified for employment related settlement in 1997.
The government has already implemented new settlement requirements for skilled workers entering under Tiers 1 and 2 of the Points Based System, which require applicants to demonstrate English-language proficiency, continue to meet the salary requirements and to pass a new criminality test.
Source: Home Office