ANNOUNCEMENT 03 Mar 2010

In March 2010, the British government announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

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  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE



Tougher rules for non-EU students, Direct Government, UK
February 10, 2010
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_185045

Visa cuts for non-EU students
February 13, 2010
http://www.cherwell.org/content/9856

Changes to the student visa applications from 3 March 2010
Home Office, UK Border Agency, Newsroom
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/aboutus/newsroom/?view=News&id=21862163

UK Home Office (related article)
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/2010/april/03-t4-changes

Regulations on sponsors, UK Home Office
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/employers/points/sponsoringmigrants/


Inception date: 03 Mar 2010 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

From March 3, 2010 students from outside Europe will have to meet stricter criteria when entering the UK. The new regulation states that non-EU students:

  • will be allowed to study below degree-level courses that include a work placement only if the course provider has the status of 'highly trusted sponsor'
  • will need to complete an English language ability test if studying below foundation degree level

Additionally, work permit for non-EU students studying at below degree level will be more restrictive allowing them to work only a limited number of hours. Dependants of such persons are not allowed to work in the UK at all, except when they qualify for work permit themselves. 
The Home Secretary Alan Johnson said: We want foreign students to come here to study, not to work illegally, and today we have set out necessary steps which will maintain the robustness of the system we introduced last year.

 

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