The British government has introduced a new system for assessing highly skilled migrants wanting to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
The new system, which will come into effect on June 30th, 2008, is one of the new Australian style points based system (PBS).
According to press statement released to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka by the press and public affairs section of the British High Commission, the introduction of the PBS follows the tightening of the British border security arrangements.
The statement indicates that the new system is far easier for applicants to use and is aimed at attracting those who have the highest skills and those who wish to invest in the UK.
It states that further tiers relating to students, workers with a job offer and temporal workers would be rolled out over the next 12months.
UK’s Boarder and Immigration Minister, Liam Byrne noted that the PSB had worked well in Australia, adding that he was confident it would work well for the UK as well.
“UK is a fantastic place to work and develop for those with the skills we need. A points system has worked well in Australia and I think it will work well for Britain. This is a key part of the huge shake-up to our boarder security this year” Mr. Byrne said.
He said all Visa applicants would now have to submit their fingerprints for checking against government database before Visas were approved.
He explained that those who use false documents would face a ban of up to ten years from the UK.
In addition, severe penalties have been introduced for employers of illegal workers in the UK and a new unified border force has been established.