In his strongest message yet to businesses which hire migrant workers, the Immigration Minister has told employers that they should find staff in the UK and stop relying on overseas labour.
Employers, unable to hire locally based staff or from countries like the Philippines and India, are turning to Eastern European workers to fill vacancies. The government is unable to stop mass immigration from Europe and has brought in measures to do the next best thing: stopping workers from outside the EU like Filipino Senior Care Workers and Chefs who have become so valuable to British employers.
It looks like the party's over for Filipino OFW's looking for below graduate level jobs in the UK, so where an employer still cannot find a British worker they frequently hire Eastern European citizens who are allowed to enter the UK freely with no visa.
But care needs to be taken when hiring EU workers to avoid a fine for employing staff without the correct documentation, as not all European workers have the same rights to work in the UK - i.e. Bulgarians and Romanians.
Care industry and catering businesses would like to recruit available 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 increasingly difficult to recruit non-EU staff (on work permits and student visas).
Employers are all too often unaware of the important distinction between ‘A8' nationals (Polish, Latvian, Slovakian, Czechs, Hungarians, Slovenians Lithuanians and Estonians), 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, as restrictions were imposed on this group after the first wave saw over 1 million migrate from Eastern Europe in a few short years. See Free Movement of EU nationals explained.
Despite the fact that they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans and need special permission to work.
There are an estimated half a million 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'. See Full story...
Many people email Immigration Matters to ask where or how they can locate an immigration form. For instance, Bulgarians and Romanians often ask:
‘Where can I find the correct application form to apply for a Yellow Card?'
The form mentioned in the above example is a ‘BR1', but it is not actually called a ‘Yellow Card'... See full story...
A nursing degree takes 4 years and passing the PRC board exam a further 6 months in the Philippines. Their families are responding to a massive historical demand five or six years ago from the USA and UK, which has since dried up. They have invested their life savings in a dream which has sadly turned into a nightmare. Their Sons and Daughters are now joining the 300,000 unemployed nursing graduates unable to even obtain a paid for work placement in a hospital to gain much needed professional experience. Full story.
Moldovan woman who was sent back home where she was at risk from her traffickers wins ‘groundbreaking' settlement, the Guardian reports this week.
The Church of England has been forced to issue new guidance to clergy in a bid to reduce the number of sham marriages, the BBC reports.
Migrant Hindu communities in London are increasingly moving from the inner city areas to affluent suburbs, a new analysis by Experian shows. The second- and third-generation migrant communities are on the move, driven by rising affluence and aspirations, the Guardian newspaper reported on its website Sunday citing an analysis for the Observer.
Former British MP sues Canada's immigration minister
Outspoken former British MP George Galloway has made good on his threat to sue Canada's immigration minister.
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