Pressure could increase to lock out many New Zealanders from the traditional ‘OE’ in the UK as it is jostling to control a huge number of immigrants.
UK’s prime Minister strived to curb the legal migrants from 3, 30,000 to 1,00,000 which can close the gates for professional migrants from New Zealand and Australia.
The gradual tightening of UK’s laws for immigration is there since the year 2011, with the introduction of systems for Tier which is restricting migrant worker from outside of the EU, who are seeking work visa, unless they have any family relations (which are also diminishing).
Over the past one year till this March 2015, the number of legal immigration increased to 330000 and 24,000 were from Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Major Banks in London are having citizens from Australian and New Zealand who are chartered accountants in their financial units. UK’s many industries like science, technology, and banking heavily relies on the skilled workers. There has been a steady increase in the number of visas issued to the workers from these sectors since 2011.
Increasing the recent minimum salary brink of 21000 pounds too much higher levels is the one way in limiting the number of migrants, but this could also reduce many talented people like teachers, nurses, and chartered accountants.
The CAANZ who is working in the UK is recommending for increasing the profession specific least salary levels which will at least open the gates for teachers, nurses, early entry professionals and other related professional workers. They will submit a report to the Committee of the UK Migration Advisory this month, and report to Cameron’s government in the month of December.