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UK government proposes a single immigration system

Immigration laws in the United Kingdom are set to change as the government focuses on offering those migrating from EU and non-EU countries the same rights. Previously, migrants from EU countries enjoyed the freedom of movement in the UK similar to that of British citizens. However, a report by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) whose recommendations seem to have been adopted by the government is likely to change the status quo.

Although the proposal has been welcomed by lawmakers and experts in immigration law, others feel it is restrictive due to the focus on highly skilled immigrants. The government will be giving priority to immigrants bringing over skills that are missing in the UK and will benefit its people. It is expected that individuals that have a salary threshold of approximately £30,000 will be given precedence when they apply for a visa to the UK. “In future, this minimum threshold may be reviewed” hinted the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid.

As it stands, the single immigration system is seen as a two-edged sword for those seeking to live and work in the UK. For highly skilled migrants seeking to relocate to the UK, it is good news as they encounter fewer restrictions than before when it comes to UK immigration laws. Companies that recruit low-skilled workers for industries may find it a bit harder to do so as the focus will be on letting in as many highly skilled workers as possible into the UK. Also, British citizens that are looking for job opportunities within the EU may have their rights to work in those countries curtailed in response to the new immigration policy.

Apart from getting priority in getting visas to the UK, immigrants will be able to move their entire family from their home country. However, their employers must sponsor their move and ascertain that their living conditions are ideal. The tourism industry is also not left out of this proposed immigration system as those visiting the UK from other EU countries for pleasure or business will now be required to apply for a visa.


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