Highly skilled migrants should do highly skilled jobs, says Immigration Minister.
On the basis of an operational assessment of point based system aimed at establishing the employment status of Tier Visa holders, UKBA has identified that one third of the Highly Skilled migrants through Tier 1, are being employed in lower-skilled jobs such as shop assistants, security guards, supermarket cashiers or care assistants. It is to be noted that the highly skilled migrants employed in unskilled occupation is not in breach of the condition of their leave as there is no work restriction once a person has obtained the Visa.
The report's findings come in advance of the Government's announcement on the new permanent annual limit arrangements, including who will be included in the limit and at what level it will be set.
Commenting on this issue, Immigration Minister Damian Green said: 'While it is important that low-skilled jobs are filled, there are hundreds of thousands of British people who could be doing them instead of a migrant. Those coming into the UK under the highly skilled migrant route should only be able to do highly skilled jobs - it should not be used as a means to enter the low-skilled jobs market. Investors and entrepreneurs aside, this report questions the value of this route into the UK, and the findings will play a key part in discussions on how the annual limit will be shaped'
It is to be noted that the highly skilled migrants employed in unskilled occupation is not in breach of the condition of their leave as there is no work restriction once a person has obtained the Visa.
We are of the view that this can be the first step towards bringing in restrictions in the nature of employment taken by migrants under Point Based System.
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