And higher immigration fees & new cap limits news
There is much confusion surrounding the whole area of Bulgarian and Romanian rights to work and study in the UK.
Migrants, employers and even advisers at Job Centres and help lines are not always clear about whether or not Bulgarian and Romanian nationals can work in the UK and what documents are required.
Despite the fact that they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian & Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries.
Many care industry and catering businesses would like to recruit Romanian, Bulgarian and other European workers, as the Government's cap on migration, combined with newly imposed restrictions on Tier 2 and Tier 4 routes, has made it increasing difficult to recruit non-EU staff (on work permits and student visas).
But many employers are unaware of the difference between ‘A8' nationals, who joined the EU in 2004 and more recent members from Bulgaria and Romania. Although both groups have the same rights to freely enter the UK, they do not enjoy the same rights to work, or free movement of labour. See Free Movement of EU nationals explained.
Half a million Romanians in UK
There are an estimated 500,000 Romanians alone in the UK, many of whom are working as self employed contractors, which is allowed, whilst others study and work on a yellow coloured registration certificate commonly known as ‘Yellow Card'. Full story...
The Home Office has announced that following Parliamentary approval, new immigration fees will be introduced from Wednesday 6 April 2011 for foreign nationals applying to visit, study, work or settle in the UK, and for employers and education providers applying for a sponsor licence.
The Government's flagship plan to reduce immigration into the UK commenced on 6 April, with the start of the new annual limit on non-EU workers.
The British Government's latest bid to deport a failed asylum seeker who killed a 12-year-old girl in a hit-and-run in Lancashire has been rejected by the Court of Appeal, the BBC reports.
Perhaps even more bizarre are the government's proposals to slash the number of student visas. Again, let's look at its own analysis. This suggests the new rules will keep out at least 60,000 perfectly genuine students, resulting in a reduction of, conservatively, £1-2billion in UK exports.
A crooked immigration advisor from West Drayton who created bogus documents for foreign nationals wanting visas has been jailed for six years.
If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email:
email@example.com or visit http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/
A number of free presentations are running at Bison UK for Employers, Romanians and Bulgarians the week of 11-22 April 2011, Monday to Friday, from 11am-12noon and 3-4pm. No need to book, just turn up. Venue:
Bison Management UK, 16 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 1DL. Nearest Train Station: Elstree and Borehamwood Station; Buses from Edgware underground station: 107 and 292.
Other stories: http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/category/news
Posted at: 07:57 AM | Add Comment
| | del.icio.us