Following our recent report on how recent media coverage on fears of the “sharp rise” in numbers of Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK were unfounded, we now consider one Home Office ministers views on what impact Bulgarians and Romanians have on the UK economy.
On 1 January 2007, Romania and Bulgaria became member states of the European Union giving their nationals the right to not only enter and remain in the UK without a visa but also to work freely, providing they have an accession worker card.
Home Office Minister: Romanians & Bulgarians No Different to Brits Abroad
Jeremy Browne, the Liberal Democrats minister at the Home Office stated that migrants are no different from British people with second homes in Spain and France. He stated that new European migrants would be complying with the same rules as Britons who reside in Spain or France.
Jeremy Browne spoke to the New Statesman and stated that he was part of an “unfashionable minority” that “embraces the opportunities of globalisation.”
Jeremy Browne Welcomes UK Immigration “Open Door” Policy
Jeremy Browne who is widely seen as a leading figure on the right of the Liberal Democrats, defended the immigration UK’s immigration policy and is reporting as having said:
“I don’t think there was a mistake. It was transformational in terms of Britain’s relationship with Poland.”
Successfully applying for an Work Permit & Accession Worker Card
UK employers wishing to hire Bulgarian and Romanian nationals must apply for a work permit. If this is approved, nationals from these countries must apply for an accession worker card. Bulgarians and Romanians who are considering working in the UK, should seek legal advice from expert UK Immigration Lawyers regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to ensure that they know their options and how they can proceed to the next steps. Feel free to contact us to discuss your immigration situation and we will assess your case and provide you with options of visiting or settling in the UK.