Today we have more UK immigration stories than normal. The UK continues to make immigration more difficult. As before we suggest you consider alternatives such as immigration to Australia, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, etc.
The UK has announced a number of proposals aimed at cutting the ties between many immigration routes and eventual settlement (properly known as indefinite leave to remain) in the UK. "Migrants coming to the UK to work on temporary visas will no longer be able to apply for settlement, under proposals announced by the government today," the UK Border Agency said in a statement recently.
The UK Government has launched a consultation on proposals to tighten immigration law concerning the Tier 2 and Tier 5 temporary worker route, and the overseas domestic worker route. The Government consultation will also consider proposals to break the link between temporary employment-based immigration and settlement.
There is likely to be a twenty-four hour strike by The Public and Commercial Services union starting in the evening of Wednesday 29 June until the evening of Thursday 30 June. A number of UK Border Agency staff in the UK will not be working during this time. During this twenty-four hour period there may be additional delays at border control. Individual ports, airports and international rail terminals will be affected. UKBA says that they have plans in place to reduce the impact of the strikes.
Writers and artists are banding together to criticise changes to the UK points based immigration scheme which make it more difficult for writers, composers, and artists from outside the EU to come to Britain. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, 120 writers and artists called the points based system "inappropriate for short-term visits by artists".