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Without possible Sajid Javid reforms UK Tier 2 visa rules could stop 5,000 non-EU doctors working in Britain
Sajid Javid the Home Secretary whose family is of muslim Pakistani ancestry has recently raised hopes that doctors from outside the EU will find it easier to gain entry to the UK under the tier 2 visa scheme. However, it is not certain what will happen after the intended tier 2 visa review. In addition, Theresa May the Prime Minister may only allow small changes in the tier 2 restricted CoS cap, and the changes may not benefit non-doctors. Many employers with a tier 2 visa sponsorshiplicence cannot afford to bring in desperately needed staff.
For employers who do not meet the salary requirements for a restricted certificate of sponsorship other options may be to try and meet the requirements for the shortage occupation list, or apply for a tier 2 intra-company transfer or perhaps employ those who can switch to a tier 2 visa from within the UK such as tier 4 visa students. In addition in some circumstances it may be worth considering the tier 1 entrepreneur visa or sole representative of overseas business visa.
US KIWI act to enable New Zealanders to apply for E1 and E2 visas
Obtaining work visas for the US is difficult. The H1B visa quota is used up almost as soon as it becomes available in April each year. The L1 visa is only available in limited circumstances where the employee has worked for the same employer outside the US for one year in the last three years.
Therefore the E2 visa category and E1 visa category will make it much easier for New Zealand citizens to work in the US. How long will this take? Even with the support of both houses of Congress it could be years before the E2 and E1 visa schemes become available for New Zealanders. Australians also benefit from a special E3 visa category just for them for graduate level people. Perhaps New Zealand citizens should be added to the E3 visa category.
UK Tier 1 investor visa applications among Chinese nationals soars by 56%. Roman Abramovich no longer interested in UK Visa.
Now that Israeli-Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich another tier 1 investor has now decided to leave the UK and live in Israel and Russia, will this discourage Chinese nationals from coming to the UK under the £2 million pound tier 1 investor visa scheme? The UK Visas and Immigration it seems is scrutinising the source of funds for tier 1 investors more than ever before. What will happen in 2018 and 2019 we wonder?
Perhaps some very wealthy people may wish to consider other UK visa routes such as the tier 2 sponsorship licence and tier 2 visa scheme, the tier 1 entrepreneur visa or sole representative of overseas business visa. These are cheaper and perhaps in some cases easier UK visa routes than the tier 1 investor visa scheme.
Ireland Needs 8,000 Chefs under Irish Employment Permit Scheme!
The Irish government has been slammed by the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) for a ‘crippling skills shortage’ across the industry. According to the RAI, Irish restaurants are being forced to recruit from overseas in a bid to fill an estimated 8,000 vacancies.
It is perhaps not surprising that there is a shortage of chefs. It is an occupation that many people will not want to do. Typically in this occupation you have to work long, unsociable hours. As there are not enough Irish and EU citizens to do this type of work the only option is to try and recruit chefs from outside the EU.
Chief executive of the RAI, Adrian Cummins, explained that the association had been urging ministers for several years to grant more Irish work permits for non-European chefs, but without success.
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