UK Announces New Visa Advisory Groups towards New Immigration System

UK Announces New Visa Advisory Groups towards New Immigration System

As anticipation continues to build up towards the launching of a future skills-based immigration system, the UK Home Office released details of new visa and immigration advisory groups.

Five new visa and immigration advisory groups, which are aimed at strengthening the relationship between the government and industry, have been announced by the government of UK through Home Office in a build up towards a skills-based immigration system being developed in the country.

Following the announcement of the details of the skills-based immigration system by Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, back in December 2018, a government report said a one-year window for engagement with communities and businesses across the UK was opened. In this respect, nearly 1,500 stakeholders have been reached through above 100 events staged across the UK since the beginning of 2019, a government report said.

Visa Advisory Groups

Caroline Nokes, UK immigration minister, revealed she has met with hundreds of people and businesses in a bid to ensure the immigration system being developed works for all. The advisory groups would provide invaluable expertise and views of employers, businesses as well as vulnerable people, Nokes said. She reiterated that the UK is actively moving away from a free movement based on where people came from to attraction of talents to the country.

Getting the new immigration system, expected in 2021, right is a top priority for businesses in the UK as the country prepares to leave the EU, CBI’s chief UK policy director Matthew Fell said.

The new advisory groups include: National Advisory Group (represents organisations from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), Employers’ Advisory Group (represents major employers across the UK), Crossing the Border Advisory Group (representing aviation, maritime and rail sectors), Education Sector Advisory Group (representing universities and colleges) and Vulnerability Advisory Group (representing vulnerable people).

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