Respond to the UKBA Consultation on settlement rights of non-EU migrant workers!

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On 9th June 2011, the UK government has launched a public consultation titled

Employment-related settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers: a consultation“.

This consultation is considering even more changes to the immigration system. The government is planning to restrict the time most non-EU migrant workers can work and live in the UK to a maximum of 5 years; more generally, there will be no ‘automatic’ route to settlement for non-EU migrants. The plans also include the abolishment of the overseas domestic worker visa and restrictions on the rights of people coming here under Tier 5 of the Points Based System.

The government is hoping that the proposed changes will increase the number of migrant workers who have to leave the UK, with the aim of bringing down the overall level of net migration.

However, these measures could cause significant problems for many migrant workers coming to the UK and seem unjustified in various aspects.

It is important that as many people as possible speak up and respond to the consultation. The consultation will be running until the 9th September 2011. We would like to encourage everyone who is concerned about these changes to respond.

Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN) has put up a special consultation website featuring:

  • summary and in-depth analysis of the main proposals,
  • a model response (word template) for everyone to use, adapt, and share,
  • a toolkit with tips and techniques on how to make your consultation response more effective,

to help spreading the word and getting as many responses out to UKBA!

Have a look and get started!


In addition, you can also respond to the new Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Inquiry which is linked to this UKBA settlement consultation. You can download the questions here (MAC website).