Visas/Work Permits


Migration Watch Evidence To The Migration Advisory Committee On The Intra-company Transfer Route

On 13 October 2021, the government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended an expansion to the intra-company transfer visa route for overseas workers (primarily in the IT industry) to come and work ‘temporarily’ at the UK branches of companies (this route has run at 55,000 grants to main applicants and dependants per year between 2011 and […]

Uk’s Eight Million Population Rise Drives Congestion, Gridlock And Declining Quality Of Life

The relentless expansion of the UK’s population is coming to a head as new figures from the ONS suggest that the country has reached the landmark level of 67 million

Official Statistics Body May Have Under-counted Net Immigration Of Foreigners By 380,000 (2011-20)

The Office for National Statistics has produced experimental research which estimated that net immigration from overseas to the UK in the year to June 2020 was just over 282,000. Here are the key takeaways of the experimental and provisional research methodology which the ONS hopes to deploy for future estimates: Total net migration was 282,000 […]

How Much Do British Citizens Really Care About Mass Immigration?

The current moment is an anomaly and cannot be used as the basis for policy going forward

Toughen Up On Illegal Immigration

New Freedom of Information data revealed that, between 2015 and 2019, there were 44,415 raids on private homes and on care homes thought to be employing illegal workers, resulting in just 7,578 people being removed (see media report). Only 17% of enforcement raids led to removal. These enforcement visits appear to be just a portion […]

Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration

The health sector had years to improve training of locals. Now they call for immigration. But that is not a solution. The only long-term answer is more training and better retention of existing staff Reliance on overseas-trained medical staff has allowed the NHS to get away with a long-term failure to plan for the training […]

The Government Has Opened Up The Risk Of Rapid Inflows Of Millions Of People With No Ability To Control The Numbers

The government have essentially abandoned control over access to long-term immigration for 5.4 million people currently residing in Hong Kong

Afraid Of Public Scrutiny, Government Scraps Vital Immigration Control Via Backdoor

Proposed new immigration rules contain devil in the detail – namely a very large reduction in the salary that skilled workers will need to earn in order to settle here (from just under £36,000 now to as low as £20,500). Astoundingly, details of this have been hidden from the public and press – the change […]

Visa Grants In The Era Of Covid

Initial suggestions are that the visa grants during the Covid period (e.g. Q2 2020) were 90%+ lower than in Q2 2019 (see below). However, it is important to note that the pandemic’s impact on immigration, particularly on work-related immigration, should not be used as the basis for justifying plans that were drawn up long before […]

Red Wall Constituents Oppose Government’s Immigration Proposals

Migration Watch UK have today published the results of an opinion poll focused on the Red Wall constituencies on which the government’s majority in the House of Commons depends.  The poll was conducted in 70 selected constituencies ranging from North Wales across to the North East of England and was carried out by Deltapoll in […]

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