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Dear <NAME> MP,
I am writing to you as my constituency MP to draw your attention to the new Tier 2 immigration rules, which stipulate that an individual born outside the EU – including those already resident – must earn at least £35,000 to be allowed to settle in the country.
According to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the implementation of this policy will cost the UK economy £3/4billion, with a damage estimated £575million within the first ten years.
The introduction of the £35,000 pay settlement threshold for skilled workers means that even people who have been working and paying taxes in the UK for over 5 years, may ultimately face deportation. Those affected are highly skilled workers such as charity workers, teachers, entrepreneurs, creative workers, consultants, students, NHS workers, care workers, and many others. Despite this disruption the policy will have very little effect on immigration statistics. Only 15,000 people are expected to be forced to leave the UK, but they are 15,000 people at the UK cannot spare.
In January a petition was launched on the website www.petition.parliament.uk, gaining the support of more than 114,000 citizens in less than two months. As a consequence of this, a very stimulating debate was held on the 7 March in Parliament.
To defend the settlement rights of skilled workers, I request that you write to Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP, or Immigration minister Robert Goodwill MP, asking him to reconsider the new Tier 2 immigration rules introduced in April. However the Home Office is unlikely to retract a policy it has already enacted, so I ask that you also pursue other options outlined below.
I ask that you support and engage with the devolution of Scottish immigration, so that Scottish Government can set its own more sensible immigration policies. This may remove one of Scotland’s reasons to leave the UK, and it will provide a possible solution for Tier 2 skilled workers who will otherwise be forced to leave the UK. Scottish Government has long been concerned about slow population growth and economic growth, and are keen to encourage immigration into Scotland. It is sensible to allow Tier 2 skilled workers unwanted by England to move to a nation where they will be valued. Being in such a nearby country will enable Tier 2 skilled workers to visit their loved ones regularly.
According to the Home Office’s own Impact Assessment this policy will result in the forced removal of 36% of all migrant primary school teachers and 9% of all migrant senior school teachers. It would have also resulted in 42% of all the migrant NHS nurses being deported until they were placed on the Shortage Occupation List. To limit the impact on education in the UK I believe teachers should also be placed on the SOL, which means the Home Office must urgently ask the MAC to recommend it.
The Home Office should institute a new rule that if a skilled worker already granted a visa decides to apply for settlement, or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), they should only be required to satisfy the conditions for settlement that applied when they were granted their visa. This will provide security for employers and clarity for employees.
Please let me know which goal you think it would be most worthwhile for you to pursue, and how you intend to pursue it.
More information is available in the briefing attached to this letter and further research documents are available on www.stop35k.org, which also include contact details of the campaign’s spokespeople.
Your support of our cause would be invaluable and an important service to your constituency.