PAPER FOR THE MARCH COSLA STRATEGIC MIGRATION PARTNERSHIP

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PAPER FOR THE
MARCH

COSLA STRATEGIC MIGR
ATION
PARTNERSHIP


UKBA UPDATE

Biometric Residence Permits


UKBA announced plans for the
roll out of Biometric Residence Permits
(BRPs) for those granted leave as a result of their asylum claim at the
February NASF.

These plans came into force on 29
th

February 2012.


It is not currently technically possible for a single enrolment event for asy
lum
and BRP purposes to take place at screening but we are keen that the
biometrics are enrolled at as early a stage as possible during the asylum
claim. Therefore in order to receive a BRP all main applicants (and their
dependants) will need to enrol thei
r biometrics at a Front Office Service
(FOS). 104 Post Offices across the UK will act as FOS locations.
Participating
Post Offices in Scotland are located in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee,
Aberdeen and Inverness.


Biometrics should be given while the applican
t’s claim is under consideration
to ensure that, as far as possible, when a decision is made on a case, we are
able to serve the BRP with the other grant documentation.


The requirement to enrol will be explained at the asylum interview. Applicants
will be

issued with a letter to enable them to enrol, and they will be given
information about the FOS sites nearest to them. This letter will contain a
barcode which confirms to the FOS that the enrolment can take place free of
charge.


UKBA want this process to

work as smoothly as possible and therefore are
going to review how the rollout goes, and will conduct a more formal review
after 3 months



Managed Migration Forum


On the 27
th

February we held a Managed Migration Forum at Festival Court

in
Glasgow
. Neil

Hughes, UKBA’s national lead for
temporary

migration,
attended
the meeting

and spoke with corporate partners
.
Delegates

discussed
th
e changes introduced following last years

consultation exercises,
specifically family settlement, students and highly skill
ed migrants.
The next
Forum is scheduled for 4
th

June.


Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)


On Friday 10
th

February UKBA hosted
a

pan
-
European delegation that

were
in Scotland to learn about the Guardianship pilot as part of their exploration
of
how
vulnerable unaccompanied minors

were supported

through the asylum
process

across Europe
. The delegates were from Belgium (Caritas),
Netherlands (Nidos),

Sweden (Swedish Health Board) and Finland (Finnish
Refugee Board).


Staff from the Asylum team

present
ed

to
the European delegation

and
partners from the Scottish Government, Scottish Refugee Council and
Aberlour, on the work and collaboration with partners conduct
ed

by UKBA in
Scotland and Northern Ireland
. On the previous day

the delegation had
a
ttended a Sco
ttish Refugee Council and

Aberlour
learning event on the
Guar
dianship Pilot
. As one of the key partners in the pilot, UKBA
ran a
workshop

in conjunction with UNHCR

covering

the best interests of the child.


Employment Related Settlement


Migr
ant workers coming to the UK on temporary visas will no longer be able to
settle in the UK purely because of the amount of time they have spent here. A
new minimum pay threshold will mean only the brightest and best workers
who strengthen the UK economy wi
ll be able to apply to stay in the UK
permanently.




Under the new rules
-

which break the link between coming here temporarily
and staying forever
-

exceptionally talented people, investors and
entrepreneurs will continue to have the option to stay while

skilled temporary
workers wanting to apply for settlement will have to earn at least £35,000 or
the going rate for their job, whichever is higher. Temporary leave will be
capped at six years to prevent temporary routes being abused.


We co
nsulted widely
with the public,

domestic and international businesses

and

met each of the Devolved Administrations as well as key partners and
businesses in those regions during the consultation period and listened to
their concerns.

We asked the Migration Advisory Comm
ittee (MAC) to advise on issues of
strategic economic importance which should be taken into account when
restricting the right to settle, including geographic considerations. They
concluded that there was not an economic case for regionally differentiated
pay criteria to determine which Tier 1 and Tier 2 migrants remain i
n the UK for
beyond five years.
This was on the basis that higher pay in some regions or
localities reflects a higher economic contribution.


We intend that the changes to the Tier 5 and o
verseas domestic worker
routes will come into effect from 6 April.

The changes to the settlement rules
for Tier 2 will apply from 6 April 2016 (affecting those who have entered the
Points Based System since 6 April 2011).