Government Admits Healthcare Could Suffer With UK Immigration Cap

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Further economic instability, illegal immigration also likely outcomes, according to information obtained by Global Visas.

The Government is clearly waking up to the fact that there are major drawbacks to the immigration cap.

A UK immigration cap could leave the UK facing a number of risks, according to a report by a governent department, and distributed to a number of key stakeholders, including immigration company Global Visas.

The document, a consultation on the limits of Tier 1 visas and Tier 2 visas, was released by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), and highlights some of the social and economic impacts of reduced UK migration.

One of the most worrying risks was the impact on the already under-resourced health sector, which employs a large number of foreign migrants and skilled workers. The MAC states that if a cap was imposed “the health sector would suffer” and that waiting lists could very well increase.

Illegal immigration is also a major concern, with the MAC reporting that reduced Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas would likely lead increased illegal immigration.

Other potential problems highlighted by the MAC research suggest consumers may suffer from higher prices due to inflation, as well as an increased unemployment rate.

The consultation states: “Less non-EEA workers may create inflationary pressures (resident workers demanding higher pay)”. It adds that, “if the limit has a negative impact on businesses’ ability to recruit the right people they might move operations abroad”.

Global Visas director Liam Clifford, whose company specialises in immigration services, applauded MAC for its transparency and encouraged the Government to take action.

“The Government is clearly waking up to the fact that there are major drawbacks to the immigration cap. We hope this realisation leads to a re-evaluation of their current stance,” he said.

He continued: “We have every faith and confidence that the current immigration authorities will act in the best interest of the country.”

Editor’s Notes:

  • The document was distributed by MAC as part of its consultation with key members of the UK business community. Different to previous reports by MAC, it was released exclusively to attendees of a forum held last week: the Forum for Expatriate Management. As an attendee of the forum, Global Visas have received the documents quoted above.
  • The document was authored by the MAC secretariat in conjunction with Vanna Aldin and Stephen Earl, both of whom attended last week’s forum.
  • On 28 June the Home Secretary launched a Home Office consultation asking how the mechanism for permanent limits can best operate in practice. On the same day she commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee to consult on what level the limit should be set at in the first year.

About Global Visas

Global Visas is a world leader in visa and immigration solutions for private and corporate clients locally and worldwide. The company provides a complete service from initial enquiries through to support and advice in the new country.

Since its inception in 1996, the company has become a leading authority on issues regarding immigration law. Working with many of the world’s largest multinational companies, Global Visas has offices in several countries worldwide.

For more information, visit Global Visas.

Mario Hannah
Global Visas


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