UK Ministers welcome points based system
04 August 2009
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.
British Ministers of Parliament on the Home Affairs Committee have given the new UK immigration points based system a "cautious welcome". However, they have also identified some problems with the system, in force since early last year.
- 17 April 2015 UK Immigration high on agenda during Televised General Election Debate
- 16 April 2015 UK Tier 2 Visa Status Precarious Says Top University Research Fellow
- 15 April 2015 Record UK Immigration Influx Challenged by New Research
- 10 April 2015 Research says Fear and Anger Caused By UK Anti-Immigration Campaign
MPs feel that the scheme should place a greater emphasis on training and job experience rather than degree qualifications and previous earnings. But they feel that the system strikes a good balance; employers need to show that they cannot find people from the resident labour market before employing from abroad.
One MP said it was "spurious" that a fresh out of university master's graduate would gain more points than a person with 25 years of global experience.
Other concerns included the length of time it takes to process visas and respond to appeals.
"It is imperative that the Border Agency considerably improves itsperformance in processing the backlog of undecided cases," said the chairman of the committee, Keith Vaz.