Migrant Workers: Immigration Controls

Home Office written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Green of Deddington Lord Green of Deddington Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) which countries they consider to be “low risk” in the context of provision for low skilled workers set out in paragraphs 25–31 of their White Paper on the UK's future skill-based immigration system (Cm 9722), and (2) whether such low skilled workers will be permitted to return to the UK to work after their one year “cooling off” period and, if so, for how long.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

(1) To determine low-risk countries as set out in the UK’s Future Skills-Based Immigration System White Paper, the Home Office will consider a range of relevant factors such as returns’ agreements, reciprocal mobility agreements, co-operation on border security and prosperity. These measures will be reviewed regularly and further information will be provided in due course.

(2) Following a 12-month cooling off period, previous holders of a temporary short-term work visa will be eligible to apply for another temporary work visa to come to the UK for as long as the scheme remains in place.

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