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Immigration . Neil Squires Specialty Training Manager . The UK’s population is 61 million today. The Government forecasts it will hit 70 million in 2028. 70 per cent of this growth will be due to immigration . This growth assumes net migration of 190,000 a year. Source:.

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Neil Squires

Specialty Training Manager

  • The UK’s population is 61 million today.

  • The Government forecasts it will hit 70 million in 2028.

  • 70 per cent of this growth will be due to immigration.

This growth assumes net migration of 190,000 a year


Immigrants on work permits, not asylum seekers, are now the main source

Immigrants by category

Sources: Work Permits: Migration Advisory Committee, skilled, shortages, sensible : Table 2.3 Work Permits plus First

Permissions plus an estimate of 50% for dependants.

Asylum: Hansard 12 November 2008, Column 1214WA

Spouses: Control of Immigration: Statistical Summary 1997 - 2007; Table 2.6 (EEA Spouses excluded)

Balanced migration - in a nutshell

  • Balanced migration would seek to bring the numbers of immigrants into line with the number of emigrants.

  • The main change would be to control the number of non-EU citizens who are given the right to settle permanently in the UK.

Points-Based System

  • Covers migrants outside the EEA and Switzerland.

  • Migrants must pass a points assessment before they get permission to enter or remain in the UK.

  • There are 5 Tiers, each has different points requirements – the number of points the migrants needs and the way they are awarded depends on the tier.

  • Migrants in any tier except Tier 1 (highly skilled workers) must be sponsored before applying for a visa.

Tier 2 (General)

  • Allows UK employers to employ nationals from outside the settled workforce to fill jobs that can not be filled by settled workers.

  • Coalition Govt introduced an interim limit on the number of applications under Tier 2 to prevent a ‘rush’ of applications before a permanent cap in April 2011

  • From 6 April 2011 the annual limit on numbers of CoS available under Tier 2 (General) is 20,700 for those entering the UK from overseas.

  • Exemptions to this limit (Unrestricted CoS):-

    • Extensions to Tier 2 visas granted before 5th April 2011

    • Changes of employment of Tier 2 visa holders granted before 5th April 2011

    • Switching immigration category (provided already in UK)

Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)

  • You can only recruit a migrant from outside the settled workforce if:

    • We have completed the RLMT and can show that no suitably settled worker is available to fill the job

    • The job is exempt from the RLMT (shortage occupation list)

  • Requirements of the RLMT:

    • Must be advertised to settled workers in Jobcentre Plus plus one other method (e.g. BMJ)

    • Advertised to calendar workers for 28 days

    • CoS assigned within 6 months of the date vacancy was advertised

  • Postgraduate Doctors do not need to meet the RLMT if they have already started Specialty Training and are applying to continue their training

  • Employer Responsibilities(Deanery / Practices)

    • Sponsorship

      • Deanery will issue CoS to migrants appointed to General Practice

  • Record Keeping

    • Copy of the relevant page of sponsored migrants passport evidencing entitlement to work

    • Migrants contact details (UK residential address / telephone number)

  • Reporting Duties

    • If migrant does not turn up for work on their first day

    • If migrant is absent for more than 10 consecutive days without permission

    • If migrants contract is terminated earlier than indicated on the CoS

    • Significant changes in migrants circumstances

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