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Amid new immigration crackdown, CARICOM nationals will now find it harder to travel to the UK
Published on October 6, 2016Email To Friend    Print Version

By Dennis Adonis

LONDON, ENGLAND -- In preparation for the potential fallout from Brexit, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that foreigners would no longer be able to take up jobs in the UK that Britons can do, while the number of people coming to Britain to work and study will be significantly reduced.

This means that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals and other foreigners will now find it harder to obtain a visa to come to the UK to settle, work, or study.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd
In a wide ranging policy speech, Rudd explained that, under the new rules, employers can be jailed for employing someone who does not have the right to work there.

Property owners and landlords will also be sent to jail if they are found to be renting their property to illegal immigrants, while banks and other service providers can face heavy penalties for facilitating the financial or other business interests of an illegal immigrant.

Rudd also announced new plans regarding deportations, which she said would require the passing of new laws that would see migrants being deported faster and for less serious offences.

However, the hundreds of CARICOM nationals that travel to the UK annually for study or temporary work purposes will find it harder to do so, since visas will only be considered for certain categories of courses, while employment visas will only be possible if there is no one among Britain’s more than 65 million people that can do the job.

By comparison, it is already easier for a Guyanese citizen to obtain a visa to go to the US than to get one to come to the UK, where the entry requirements are relatively tough.

A large number of Caribbean nationals have settled in the UK and many of them are suspected to have either overstayed their permitted period to remain there, or settled there without the appropriate visa.

Republished with permission of the Guyana Guardian
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Richard Charron:

If only the U.S would adopt similar policies.

Peter Binose:

The USA is a large country made up totally of immigrants. The UK is a large island [compared to Saint Vincent] and is sinking under the weight of the immigrants. They must control what is happening or sink even further.

They have a huge fanatical Muslim problem mainly emanating from Pakistani immigrant offspring. I would deal with that by shipping whole families out if a member of their family gets involved in terrorism.

Caribbean folk have generally been good for the UK, some think otherwise regarding the Jamaicans who through their yardy gangs introduced a nasty form of Caribbean gun culture into the UK. Unfortunately most English people see every black person as a Jamaican.

Pedro J. Grant:

Hola bueno día familias La Paz de Dios llenes su días Amen no me agradad esta medidas otorgadas por el gobierno de UK es sin injusto todo mi familiares son nacido de la isla de TCI y yo estoy a la espera de mí Ciudadanía y el gov. De TCI a puesto todo los obtaculos para darme la oportunidad que me pertenece por ley ellos son injusto y le están negando la oportunidades acta su propia gentes en sí...yo necesito ayudad por favor ruego su ayudad gracias thank you ok

George Xia:

For holders of Caribbean country passports, they cannot travel to UK as before, so passports obtained by citizenship by investment of these countries will be useless, which will afect the numbers of applicants.


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