Monday, November 7, 2011

Migrants to the UK must earn £35,000 annually to Stay

Any skilled migrant who wants to stay in Britain must earn a minimum salary of 35,000 Pounds annually, a new British government report said on Friday in London.

The number of skilled migrants allowed to settle permanently in Britain will be cut by two thirds.

According to the report, only 20,000 foreign workers in skilled jobs such as computing, university teaching and nursing would be allowed to stay on in the country along with family members after their current working visas must have expired.

The report quotes Prof. David Metcalf, Chairman of the UK government's Migration Advisory Committee as saying that there were "sound economic" reasons for the introduction of such restriction.

The proposals also applied to workers covered by "Tier2" of government's points-based immigration system.

Those included under this group are scientific researchers, financial analysts, chefs and management consultants.

More than 200,000 people are currently granted the right to settle in the UK each year.

The Government is seeking to cut net migration to under 100,000 by the end of 2015 and has also targeted foreign student visas for severe cuts.

Government has banned over 450 Colleges, 170 of them in London and the south east of England from bringing foreign students into Britain.

The new crack down on migrants nd related measures are likely to affect many Nigerian including students already in the UK and those who desire to come to the country for studies in the future.


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