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The British government announced that proposals have been made where migrants coming to the UK to work on temporary visas will no longer be able to apply for settlement, the British High Commission in Colombo said.

Launching a public consultation on reforms to the employment  routes leading to settlement, British Immigration Minister Damian Green set out proposals to classify visas as either ‘temporary’ or ‘permanent’ and introduce stricter criteria for those who want to stay in the UK.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said:

“The proposals I am making today are aimed at breaking the link between temporary and permanent migration. Settlement has become almost automatic for those who choose to stay. This needs to change. The immigration system has got to be made to work properly. We want the brightest and best workers to come to the UK, make a strong contribution to our economy while they are here, and then return home.”

The government is implementing reforms to the immigration system which will reduce the level of immigration to sustainable levels. Today’s announcement is the next step in this process.

Under the current system, many workers are allowed to apply to stay in the UK permanently. In 2010, 84,000 people who entered the UK for employment were granted settlement. This compares to fewer than 10,000 who qualified for employment-related settlement in 1997.
Key proposals under consideration in the 12 week consultation are as follows:

•    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, for example 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 three 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 five 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.

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  • MagodisThuma Saturday, 11 June 2011 12:56 AM

    Sri Lankan's have all the rights to go to UK without visa as our colonial masters from UK came to Sri Lanka without Visa !.

    inthikab Saturday, 11 June 2011 01:26 AM

    unfortunately. migration is a privilege and not a right ............. every country has a right to choose who they want and don't want .... by the way this is good thing right now .............. qualified or otherwise, presently, the United Kingdom is like the worst place on earth for employment.

    Marx Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:33 AM

    good job

    kudu Sunday, 12 June 2011 09:39 AM

    lose what is it not enough the colonial masters stole from here

    kudu Sunday, 12 June 2011 09:41 AM

    guyan where will the sri-lankan refugees return

    gayan Saturday, 11 June 2011 04:28 AM

    Good news. Also the system should be changed to return "political refugies" to their native countries after cirtain time period.

    Sudesh Saturday, 11 June 2011 05:45 AM

    i think u've been only to UK embassy :( , most of the EU countries take the finger prints of applicants (e.g Schengen Visa)

    Yuri Friday, 10 June 2011 09:26 AM

    Well Bad news for Sri Lankan Domestic workers. We just have to focus on Middle East then. I think Better SL Immigration stop the British to enter Sri lanka

    SL tamil Boy Friday, 10 June 2011 09:52 AM

    good move by UK why we make our contery be like uk with our own earning give the contry to us willdo it why our sisters and brother have to sufer from middle east..

    Mashoor Friday, 10 June 2011 05:00 PM

    UK embassy in Sri Lanka, is the only embassy in the world to take finger print while applying visa

    the undertaker Friday, 10 June 2011 09:56 AM

    If we dont allow BRITS to enter Sri Lanka- we will be the loosers and not them-

    Tharaka Chanaka Friday, 10 June 2011 09:59 AM

    Milliband Effect!


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