Controlling and Coercive Behaviour: Widening the Net
Any sense of a post-Brexit slowdown in UK immigration changes was quickly swept away last week with a thorough spring clean and polish to a wide range of rules. As is commonly the case at this time of year, a statement of changes in the Immigration Rules was released in advance of 6 April when many of the changes will come into force. We set out the main changes below and also include a quick summary of the headlines from the Budget on how new immigration categories aim to assist with the economic recovery.
EU free movement rules ended for the UK on December 31 2020. As a result, recruiting an EU citizen who is not already living in the UK now involves a visa application.
Many a brilliant person may find it difficult to confidently respond when asked ‘what makes you special’? There are a lot of reasons why extolling your strengths may not come naturally. One reason might be ‘imposter syndrome’, when people feel they are not good enough or worthy of their position. Studies show that imposter syndrome is something experienced by the majority of people at some point and also felt disproportionately by women and people of colour.
In a welcome move, Boris Johnson recently announced the potential for a new Global Talent visa for those with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. This follows hot on the heels of his other recent announcements in relation to asking the Migration Advisory Committee to look at whether the UK should adopt an Australian style Points Based System.
In his introduction to the recent White Paper on the future UK immigration system, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid promised a new system that welcomes talent “from every corner of the globe and demonstrates the United Kingdom is open for business.” The UK’s first changes to the Immigration Rules since the publication of the White Paper came into force on 29 March. Sadly, these rules clearly show that the UK has a long way to go to fulfilling that promise of being open for business.
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