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Archive for October, 2011

October 30th, 2011

Tier 2 Occupations Cut by UK Government

The UK Border Agency has further reduced the number of recognised Tier 2 occupations by 40,000 jobs, bringing the total number of skilled professions to 190,000.

This change follows recommendations made to the UK Government by the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)

The report gave a clear statement of which occupations are skilled and those which should be filled by resident workers (those not subject to UK immigration control).  This revised list has removed the following jobs from the Tier 2 occupation list:

  • secondary education biology teachers
  • speech and language therapists
  • pharmacists
  • orthoptists
  • veterinary surgeons
  • rank and file orchestral musicians
October 20th, 2011

UK Closes Border to Migrants with NHS Debt

The UK Government has recently announced a firm stance on migrants who have unpaid debts to the NHS following medical treatment.

Those migrants with outstanding NHS debt of £1,000 or more will be refused entry to the UK and not permitted to stay until the debt is cleared.

The NHS is working closely with the UK Border Agency to provide information on debtors, so that this is on record when any further applications are made to enter or remain in the UK.

This move is expected to result in 94% of outstanding NHS debt from migrants to be reclaimed by the UK Government.