Changed UK Visa system is unlikely to be in place prior to EU exit, according to the recent report published by the Institute for Government an independent think tank. As a result, there will be no choice with the UK government but to allow free movement of immigrants for several years post-Brexit.
Jill Rutter Institute for Government’s Programme Director for Brexit said that the political immediacy for changed UK Visa system is crucial. But it is an equally challenging task administratively. The scale of the task is huge and is imperative for the government to achieve it rightly, said Rutter.
He further elaborated that the current process for dealing with EU nationals’ application for PR is not appropriate. This is something even acknowledged by the government itself, as quoted by Workpermit. Rutter has added that this must be streamlined urgently marking the first step towards changed UK Visa system.
The Tech UK Deputy CEO Walker has said that at present the UK is creating jobs faster than them getting filled. He said that for every 10 highly skilled roles, the Tech sector creates 4 additional jobs elsewhere in the labor market.
Walker added that the Tech sector’s ability to create jobs for future is connected to its access to best and brightest talents globally including the EU. Unnecessarily focusing on statistics of immigrants in the UK will not help both the economy and Tech sector in the UK, said Walker.
In a peculiar analogy, Walker said that as the factories are not instructed on the numbers of tractors to be manufactured annually; similarly report of Migration Advisory Committee must not cap the numbers of skilled overseas workers arriving in the UK.
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