Government report rules out UK Visa regional schemes

The government report appears to conclude that regional visa schemes will not be considered for a post-Brexit immigration system, including the London visa scheme.

The government’s rejection of regional visa schemes comes in response to a report produced by the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee, which urged Westminster to review plans for a formal post-study work scheme for Scotland.

An official statement from Westminster said: “We do not consider a Scotland-specific visa scheme to be in the best interests of the integrity of the UK immigration system, or in the interests of UK employers and landlords who would be required to check whether a migrant’s status restricted their ability to work to Scotland.”

“Such a scheme would not be practicable, for example, for employers who are headquartered in Scotland but need the flexibility to deploy their staff to other parts of the UK to engage in employment activity,” the statement added.

 It may increase the level of animosity between Theresa May and the other EU Countries.

There has been talk of a new “work permit” scheme.  It is interesting to note that the old UK work permit scheme was replaced by the points based system Tier 2 visa and Tier 2 sponsorship licence scheme in 2008.  If this system is introduced for EU citizens the opportunity should be taken to reform the whole UK visa system.

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