Summary of changes
Immigration Minister, Damian Green, has confirmed plans to introduce a new and reformed immigration system. He stated that he would like to deter those who cannot contribute to the UK society and attract migrants who have a lot to offer. This new selective process will be ‘contribution based’ and replace the existing ‘point based’ system, migrants will be checked to ensure they add quality to UK life.
These changes put into place reflects the governments wishes to cut down on net migration numbers, from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands. Although they are insisting that it is not just about cutting down numbers but making sure that the ‘right people’ are coming to the UK. Damian Green said that he wants ‘People that will benefit Britain- not just those who will benefit by Britain.’
Further changes include changes to family migration, reforms on settlement, changes to eliminate the abuse of the Student Visa route and an annual limit on economic migrants. There will also be introduction of a new route for international graduate entrepreneurs which will allow those who have studied in the UK and engaged in entrepreneurial activities to stay longer and develop their business ideas.
What should you do
These changes will have a major affect on the UK immigration system, as a result matters can become quite complex. This is why it is imperative you seek legal advice and instruct specialist immigration lawyers. Immigration and Visa Solicitors can assist your with your applications for any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) at the outset and help you comply with the strict requirements of the UKBA requirements, thereby eliminating the stress caused in submitting such applications. Our team of experienced and professional solicitors will be able to guide you through the process step by step and eliminate the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law.
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