As we’ve pointed out before, the UK government is slowly introducing a ‘points’ based immigration system. Employers who wish to appoint a skilled person from outside the European area will soon have to apply for a licence first.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) are determined that employers understand these new responsibilities when the rules come into effect in November. They’re so determined in fact that they’ve launched a TV advertising campaign.
Jumping the immigration hurdles
The television advert shows a young man leaping over hurdles before being considered for entry to the UK. Apparently, this metaphor is intended to send a signal that if you don’t comply then you don’t get in.
Lin Homer, CEO of the UK Border Agency is quoted as sating:
“The Points-Based System is one of the biggest shake-ups to the immigration system in a generation ensuring only those with the skills we need will be able to work or study here and no more.
Our message to businesses is loud and clear – if you want to employ foreign workers from outside the EEA, you need to apply now for a sponsor licence. Business benefits from migrant labour but must join us in helping crack down on illegal working and ensure a system which is both firm and fair.”
Have you registered your organisation yet?
If you recruit from overseas and still haven’t registered as a sponsoring organisation then we suggest you visit the UKBA website pronto.