A paper issued by Migration Watch
UK today describes the bureaucracy facing a company that wishes to recruit a
member of staff from outside the EU.
After reading 108 pages of guidance,
they need 10 sets of information to hand before completing an online
application to become a registered sponsor.
Commenting Sir Andrew Green,
Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said “Lord O’Donnell accused the government of
shooting itself in the foot with its cap on economic migration. But both he and
business have been shooting at the wrong target. The problem is not the cap on
economic migration which has never been reached, but the incredible bureaucracy
spawned by the much-vaunted Points Based System (PBS) introduced by the
previous government. It is absurd to expect start-up companies to cope with all
this paperwork. The UKBA should provide advice centres on the ground in
start-up areas to ensure that key people can be recruited.”
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