Before a company can employ a non-EU worker they must become a sponsor. To become a sponsor they must acquire a sponsorship licence, which is expensive and involves much paperwork for UK resident staff. Every non-EU skilled worker must be granted entry clearance.
It is absolutely forbidden for a UK resident to be made redundant to create a vacancy filled by a Tier 2 migrant. Every job filled by a skilled worker from outside the EU must first be advertised for a month so that a UK worker can be found to fill it. The job must be advertised through Job Centre Plus Universal Jobmatch service, It is clearly stated in the rules:
“If you find that you have more than one candidate with all the necessary skills and experience you advertised for, where one is a settled worker and the other is a migrant, you must appoint the settled worker even if the migrant is more skilled or experienced.”
Thousands of UK workers are willing to enter training schemes and attend university to obtain the necessary qualifications but the funding does not exist. The Government has cut bursaries for educating healthcare workers, and tripled university fees. They cannot do this and expect private businesses to train UK workers instead.
Developing an entire generation of skilled workers will take time and money, during which this policy will worsen the skills shortage and damage UK services, industry and culture.
Skilled Workers come here to claim benefits
We can't just let everybody in!
If they have a British partner, they can just get married!
Send these immigrant home
While Tier 2 skilled workers pay tax, they are forbidden from claiming Child Benefit, Housing Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit. This is specifically stated in the conditions of their work visa. As exemplified by the case of Kelly’s case study the financial contributions they make to the university and tax system far outweigh the amount they cost the systems.
Stop35k is not about advocating unrestrained migration. Nor is Stop35k about fighting thethreshold entirely. Our priority is to save the jobs and homes of the thousands of people who face deportation. We are very aware of our few resources, how little power we have to influence policy, the limited time available before the threshold is enforced, and therefor how tight our focus must be. Even if we wanted to, we simply cannot afford to fight for wholesale immigration reform.
Cutting through the confusion of immigration rules is difficult for employers. Monitoring the news and Home Office website for immigration rule changes is exhausting for migrants. Any solution to the 35k threshold must provide clarity for employers and security for skilled workers.
To that end we are advocating the introduction of a new immigration rule under which Tier 2 skilled workers will only have to satisfy the conditions for settlement that existed when they were granted their visa – not the conditions that exist when they apply for settlement. This will mean that skilled workers do not have to constantly ‘look over their shoulder’ for unexpected threshold increases or other unannounced immigration policies. It will provide security and peace of mind for employers amongst an already complicated immigration system.
The UK citizen in the marriage must earn £18,600 or over, not including the spouse’s income. In some cases this is difficult. A spousal visa can be granted without marriage provided both people have lived together in a marriage-like arrangement for 2 years.
Lots of people argue that marriage should be for love rather than legal status. Even when love is conveniently an element of the relationship dynamic, marriages can still be fragile. The pressure of migration status is a burden on any newlywed couple. Some marriages fail, and when a married couple separates the status of the migrant changes. There have been instances of people being kept in abusive marriages because separation would mean deportation. There have been instances of people abandoned by their spouse, joint bank accounts and savings cleared out, leaving the migrant heartbroken, penniless and stranded illegally.
A spousal visa is a last resort for many migrants. It also does not solve the problem of the thousands of unmarried skilled workers who earn under £35,000 and cannot or will not illegally fake a relationship to live in a country that demands they leave.
They are home. They've been here for years.
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