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Friday, 1 May 2015

New Immigration Rules For UK Foreign Nurses!

New immigration rules that force non-EU migrants to leave the UK if they are unable to earn £35,000 a year within five years of arriving will make it more difficult to recruit nurses for the NHS in Wales, according to the Royal College of Nursing.


The rule will be brought in from April next year, and is designed to cut the immigration statistics.

When Home Secretary Theresa May announced the plan back in 2012, she said: “Until now, settlement has been a virtually automatic consequence of five years’ residence in the UK as a skilled worker.

“Those who have settled have tended to be less well paid and lower-skilled than those who have not. So in future, we will exercise control to ensure that only the brightest and best remain permanently.”
'Strict controls'

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said of the new salary cap: “People should only be allowed to settle in this country under these rules if they can pay their way, live by our rules and contribute value to our country.

“We need strict controls, properly enforced, and all of the mainstream parties should agree on that.

“However, there is still a massive gap between the Tory-led Government’s rhetoric and reality.

“New rules will have no impact if they are not properly enforced.”

But Tina Donnelly, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, said: “This rule is going to make it much more difficult to recruit nurses.

“Currently there is an estimated shortfall of 3,000 nurses across Wales, 1,000 of them in the NHS and the rest in the private and voluntary sectors.

“Very few nurses have salaries of £35,000, and this rule will stop nurses we need coming to work here.”
'Damaging stigma

People with PhD-level qualifications are exempted from the rule, but that does not cover nurses.

A Plaid Cymru spokeswoman said: “The right wing parties’ anti-immigration agenda creates damaging stigma around the people who come here to work and live.

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“European migrants to the UK contribute £20bn more than they take away each year, yet right wing politicians peddle scare stories about immigration in order to feed on the fears that people have.

“Just as anyone would hope that friends and family who want to move abroad to work are able to find security and stability, we should afford the same respect to the people who want to move here to work and live.

“Plaid Cymru also wants to establish a Welsh migration service so that we can attract migrants to fill the skills gaps we have.

“We will also make Wales a country of sanctuary, so that we take our fair share of displaced people, and ensure that they are given refuge.”

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