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Having queries on immigration cap? Ask the minister

Immigration Minister Damian Green is just a click away
7th April 2011: Immigration Minister Damian Green is just a click away. He is there to remove all your doubts and answer your queries on immigration cap and related issues. All you have to do is to log on and shoot a mail to the minister.
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The UK Border Agency has asserted: `If you have any comments to raise or questions to ask about the new rules for workers, you can send them to Immigration Minister Damian Green’.

You cam mail your queries to the minister at [email protected] or via twitter using @ukhomeoffice and the hashtag #askdamiangreen. The deadline for posting the queries is 20 April.

The UKBA also proposes to post a film of Damian Green’s answers on its website and the Home Office Youtube channel after 20 April.

The UKBA has clarified: `Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all questions will be answered, but the Minister will do his best to answer as many as he can.’

The assertion came soon after the first annual limit on non-EU workers came into force to reduce immigration into the UK

The UKBA said: `This, along with radical changes recently introduced to the student route and plans to tackle permanent settlement, will see net migration fall back down to the tens of thousands.

`Under the annual limit, employers will be able to bring only 20,700 people from outside the EU to work in skilled professions under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. A further 1,000 visas will be made available to people of exceptional talent, to ensure that Britain remains open to the brightest and the best.

`The 1,000 exceptional talent visas will be given to those who experts believe will make the biggest contribution to science and the arts in the UK.

`To ensure that only those with the skills we need can come to the UK to work, prospective workers will need to have a graduate-level job offer, speak an intermediate level of English and meet specific salary and employment requirements. Those earning a salary of £150,000 or more will not be subject to the limit’.

The Intra Company Transfer route (ICT), which is not part of the annual limit, will also be changed in 3 ways: the job will have to be in an occupation on the graduate occupation list.

Only those paid £40,000 or more will be able to stay for more than a year – they will be given permission to stay for 3 years, with the possibility of extending for a further 2 years.

And, those paid between £24,000 and £40,000 will be allowed to come to the UK for no longer than 12 months, at which point they must leave the UK and will not be able to re-apply for 12 months.

The UKBA added: `Also, Tier 1 of the points-based system will be restricted to all but entrepreneurs, investors and people of exceptional talent as the old Tier 1 (General) category has been completely abolished due to widespread evidence of abuse.

`The Exceptional Talent route will be open to current and prospective leaders in the fields of science, engineering and the arts and will allow us to continue to facilitate those who have the most to offer the UK.

`Under the new visa rules for investors, those who invest large sums of money will see their right to settle permanently in the UK speed up. Those who invest £5 million will be allowed to settle here after 3 years, and those investing £10 million or more will be allowed to settle after 2 years.

`This compares with the minimum 5-year requirement that is currently in place. Entrepreneurs will also be able to settle in the UK more quickly, if they create 10 jobs or turn over £5 million in a 3-year period.
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In addition to these changes, new rules for settlement and asylum have also come into effect today.

The changes to the settlement criteria include: a clearer criminality requirement for all applicants; a new income requirement, and reform of the English language requirement, for those on work routes.

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