UK Visas urgently needed to employ immigrants says CBI

UK government rejected proposals for London-only and Scotland only visa schemes. An official report signed by newly installed UK immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, determined that ‘such a system would not be conducive for UK employers.’

At present, the visa regime in the UK permits entry of highly skilled overseas immigrants through the Tier 2 visa and Tier 2 sponsorship license system. Nationals from the EEA and EU can arrive in the UK and be engaged in any nature of jobs that include low-skill occupations.

Carolyn Fairbairn, the Director General of Confederation of British Industry has demanded that the Members of British Parliament must keep the borders of the nation open for overseas immigrants as they are very important to cater to the high demand for labour in the UK. She also added that there are many regions in the UK where unemployment was really very high, as quoted by the Work permit.

It was also pointed out by Fairburn that industries such as the construction need a large number of workers as extra infrastructure development is being planned by the government. There are various sectors in the UK that are reliant on overseas immigrants from EU nations.

The post-Brexit debate on immigration framework has been focused on continuing the inflow of highly skilled overseas immigrants to the UK. The Confederation of British Industry has meanwhile argued that workers with lower skills are equally crucial to the labour market of Britain in order to cater to vocations such as taking care of the elderly.

Fairburn in her address to the select committee for Brexit, the nineteen members’ influential group that consisted of the House of Lords members said that Britain had an aging population that demanded people who would love to take care of them. It was high time that theory is kept aside and analyze the aspects that are straining the economy of the UK, explained Fairburn.

Longworth responded to the issues raised by Fairburn and asked as to why nationals from the EU were being hired for these vocations and declared that the youth unemployment rate in the UK was shameful.

Longworth also said that no one in the UK could claim to be in a position to say no to the overseas workers. It is very apparent that there will be a need for skilled overseas immigrants for specific vocation on a short term basis in scenarios wherein it is not possible to access workers from the native UK population.

Mr. Longworth said that he favoured a visa regime in the UK that permits overseas immigrants sponsored by the employers in the UK. At present, the employers in the UK must apply for the Tier 2 visa and Tier 2 sponsorship license to secure entry of workers from EEA and non-EU nations.

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