Net Immigration to the UK increases to 215,000

The figures on net migration show that 580,000 people came to work or study in the UK for more than a year in the 12 months to March 2010, while 364,000 moved abroad over the same period, leaving a rounded net migration figure of 215,000. The figures also show that:

  • The number of migrants coming to Britain from outside the European Union remained virtually unchanged last year at 303,000
  • 56,000 people headed to the United States and Australia last year, making them the most popular destinations
  • Less Poles have returned home with figures falling from 50,000 in 2007 to 24,000 last year

Damian Green, the Immigration Minister, said that \”The annual limit that we announced this week will ensure we continue to attract the brightest and the best while we reduce economic migration by more than a fifth compared with last year. We will shortly be launching a consultation on student visas, so as with economic migration we refocus on the areas which add the greatest value, protecting our world class universities.\”

Changes to Tier 1 & Tier 2 General

Recently the Home Secretary announced major changes to the way that Tiers 1 & 2 of the Points Based Immigration System will operate from April 2011. Among the changes the hugely popular ‘General’ sub Category of Tier 1 will be dropped all together with only truly exceptional applicants allowed in under similar routes. The changes will see:

  • Tier 1 General: The ‘General’ subcategory of Tier 1 will be closed all together.
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur):  The ‘Entrepreneur’ sub category of Tier 1 will be reformed to make it more attractive to international Entrepreneurs. Promising start up companies which do not meet the investment threshold will be offered an route to doing business in the UK. This Immigration route will not be subject to the Permanent Immigration Cap
  • Tier 1 (Investor): The ‘Investor’ subcategory will be reformed to offer an ‘accelerated route to settlement, depending on the level of investment’. This Immigration route will not be subject to the Permanent Immigration Cap
  • New route for Persons of Exceptional Talent: A new Immigration route will be introduced for persons of exceptional talent (the old HSMP route used to include points for such people). This category will be limited to 1,000 places and will be for those migrants who have ‘won international recognition in scientific and cultural fields, or who show sufficient exceptional promise to be awarded such recognition in the future’. Migrants applying under this category will need to be endorsed by a competent body in the relevant field.
  • Tier 2 (General): The ‘General’ subcategory of Tier 2 (formerly Business and Commercial Work Permits) will be subjected to a limit of 20,700 places for 2011 / 2012. Fortunately due to pressure from UK Business groups the Tier 2 General subcategory has not encountered such severe changes. The Permanent Immigration Cap Limit (which will be administered on a month by month basis) will not include:
    • In-country applications from those already in the United Kingdom
    • Dependents of Tier 2 Migrants
    • Tier 2 (General) applicants who are filling a vacancy with a salary of more than £150,000
    • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) applicants – Premier League footballers have of course been left outside the Immigration Cap otherwise there truly would be uproar!
    • Tier 2 (Minister of religion) applicants
    • Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) applicants

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