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Labour market access
From 1 April 2009 the UK government has made more stringent the conditions necessary to gain access to the UK labour market through the Points Based System (PBS). The UK government stated that this step would give domestic workers a greater chance of qualifyingfor jobs in the UK. The changes refer to migrants to the UK from outside the European Economic Area. Three of the most important changes are listed below.
From 14 December 2009, the UK Border Agency required British employers to advertise jobs locally for a minimum of 28 days before they seek candidates from abroad. Only if it has not received a suitable application from a settled person with non-immigrant status, the company may seek employment of a skilled migrant (Tier 2) from overseas. The company may not accept applications of migrants submitted within the first 28 days of advertising. Previously, the restricted access had been granted for 14 days.
More specifically, the regulation reads:
"All vacancies advertised on or after 14 December 2009 must be advertised to settled workers for 28 calendar days. You can choose to do this in one of two ways:
Furthermore, in a speech on 31 March 2010, Premier Minister Gordon Brown announced tighter controls on student visas (Tier 4 of the labor market). The adaptations include more stringent rules on college entry for non-EU citizens plus reduced work permits for lower level students. Mr Brown expects these changes to reduce the number of foreign students by 40 thousand in the academic year 2010/11.
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