UKBA publishes Consultation on Settlement of non-EU migrants and overseas domestic workers

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The UK Government has published today a consultation on proposals to break the link between temporary employment-related migration and settlement, as well as reforms to Tier 5 (temporary workers), and overseas domestic worker routes.

The UKBA proposals are part of the Government’s promise to reduce net migration figures. The proposals published today aim at restricting the options to settle for non-EU migrants coming to the UK under work related visas, by re-classifying visas as either ‘temporary’ or ‘permanent’ and introduce stricter criteria for those who want to stay.

The proposals also include plans to abolish the overseas domestic workers visa.

Key proposals under consideration in the consultation:

  • Re-branding Tier 2 (the skilled worker route) as temporary, ending the assumption that settlement will be available for those who enter on this route.
  • Allowing certain categories of Tier 2 migrant, for example those earning over £150,000 or occupations of a specific economic or social value to the UK, to retain an automatic route to settlement.
  • Creating a new category into which, after three years in the UK, the most exceptional Tier 2 migrants may switch and go on to apply for settlement.
  • Allowing Tier 2 migrants who do not switch into a settlement route to stay for a maximum of five years with the expectation that they and any dependants will leave at the end of that time.
  • Introducing an English language requirement for adult dependants of Tier 2 migrants applying to switch into a route to settlement.
  • Restricting the maximum period of leave for Tier 5 Temporary Workers to 12 months.
  • Closing or reforming routes for overseas domestic workers.

Deadline for responses to the consultations: 9th September 2011.

Read more:

Consultation documents (UKBA website)

UKBA Press release