Have your say on reforms to work routes

You have time till 6th October come out with suggestions on family migration 6th September 2011: You still can have your say on reforms to work routes.
You also have time till 6th October to have your say on family migration.

The UK Border Agency says its public consultation on reforms to work routes, including routes that lead to settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers, continues till Friday 9th September.

The UKBA says the consultation sets out the government’s proposals for breaking the link between temporary and permanent migration.

Under the proposals, migrants coming to the UK to work on temporary visas will no longer be able to apply for settlement.
The key proposals include: re-branding Tier 2, the skilled worker route, as temporary, ending the assumption that settlement will be available for those who enter on this route;

Allowing certain categories of Tier 2 migrant, such as those earning over £150,000 or occupations of a specific economic or social value to the UK, to retain an automatic route to settlement;

Creating a new category into which, after 3 years in the UK, the most exceptional Tier 2 migrants may switch and go on to apply for settlement;

Allowing Tier 2 migrants who do not switch into a settlement route to stay for a maximum of 5 years, with the expectation that they and any dependants will leave at the end of that time;
Introducing an English language requirement for adult dependants of Tier 2 migrants applying to switch into a route to settlement;

Restricting the maximum period of leave for Tier 5 temporary workers to 12 months;

And closing or reforming routes for overseas domestic workers.

Till date, the UKBA has received nearly 10,000 responses.

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