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Home Office Ends Consultation for Routes to Settlement
06 September 2011
The UK Home Office recently welcomed public responses on its consultation relating to employment related settlement, overseas domestic workers and Tier 5 applicants. The forum gave member of the public to submit responses and provide personal opinions on proposals.
The 12 week long forum proved to be successful and received over 11,000 responses which will soon be published on the UKBA website. Proposals appeared to be heavily concentrated on Tier 2 migrants who seemed to have the most suggestions on reform of their category in general. Some of them included:
- Tier 2 migrants seeking to bring adult dependants into the UK will have to pass an English language requirement if they wish to apply or switch into a route that can provide settlement.
- Particular Tier 2 migrants may have an automatic route to settlement.
- Introducing a 5 year maximum limit on Tier 2 migrants who do not switch into a settlement route for themselves and any dependants will leave at the end of this time.
- Providing a route to settlement for exceptional Tier 2 migrants to switch to after completing 3 years in the UK by creating a new category.
- Make the Tier 2 Skilled worker a temporary category to limit confusion on settlement routes that are not available under this category.
- Suggestions were made that Tier 5 temporary workers maximum period of leave is decreased to 12 months
- An overhaul of the route available for domestic workers by either closing or re-evaluating routes that are available
At this exact time these all remain proposals and suggestions that need to be subject to consideration and analysis and therefore the current rules of settlement remain unaltered. Any alterations to any rules will be further publicised and more information can be found on the UKBA website.