UK to revise immigration policies for non-EU nationals

06 Oct 2016 | Written by Supriya Kaur; Edited by NewsBytes Desk

Today, the UK announced plans to stem immigration through the "work and study routes" from non-EU nations.

The overhaul in immigration rules and regulations will make it harder for British companies to hire professionals from outside the European Union including from countries like India.

Tightening immigration norms will further impact Indian students aspiring to study in the UK whose numbers have sharply dropped recently.

In context: Brexit trickledown effect: UK's overhaul of immigration rules

AboutThe Brexit Effect

On June 23, 2016, British citizens voted to leave the European Union in a referendum.

One of the key factors that spurred public support in favour of 'Brexit', was regaining control over U.K immigration policy which voters believed was too liberal. Opinion polls consistently reflected that the majority supported lower immigration.

The proposed revision of immigration rules is a direct consequence of Brexit.

06 Oct 2016UK to revise immigration policies for non-EU nationals

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Policy changes to impact businesses

Likely scenariosPolicy changes to impact businesses

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that several options were being considered to, in order to cut down on migration.

She said, it was possible that companies be expected to satisfy more stringent criteria before recruiting foreign professionals.

Business groups hit back at the British government and called this restrictive approach to immigration as "frustrating" and a "bone of contention" between the government and private-sector.

Uplifting British Workers

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd: "We won't win in the world if we don't do more to upskill our own workforce. I want us to look again at whether our immigration system provides the right incentives for businesses to invest in British workers."

How?Revised policy to impact student immigration

Student immigration is expected to be significantly impacted under the revised immigration rules.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced that immigration rules were currently on a 'one size fits all approach' and these would be reviewed to determine if the system was ideal.

She said it was pertinent to consider if student immigration processes should be tailored to universities and specific courses provided.

Massive drop in Indian students

From 2010-2015, number of Indian students applying to the UK for further studies plummeted by 50%! The latest numbers indicate that over the last year that has been a further drop of 10%. One of the key reasons is the post-study-visa being abolished in 2012.
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DetailsOnus on banks, landords to crackdown on illegal immigrants

Next year onwards, banks will be required to make mandated checks to ensure that banking services of any kind were not being provided to illegal migrants.

From December 2016 onwards, landlords and other accommodation owners who knowingly rented out their property to tenants who were in the UK illegally, would be responsible for committing a criminal offence which would attract a jail term.

Checks in the offing

Under the proposed plans, overseas students could be required to demonstrate higher proficiency in English language tests and "low-quality courses" could have tougher entry rules. Separately, immigrants or foreigners currently driving taxis in the UK could now be subject to mandatory immigration checks.

01 Apr 2017Indian students to get work rights in UK?

Sources stated that India students may once again get work rights in the UK after completing their education.

Indian High Commissioner to UK, Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha said that India and the UK were working toward reinstating the two year post study work visa for Indian students.

The agreement was discontinued after 2012, but the government is hopeful of reinstating it in light of Brexit.