Mr. Green’s visit will also focus on meetings with Indian ministers to make clarifications regarding the aim of UK visa immigration policies and the effect of UK visa cap on Indian businesses. The visit is to clear all misconceptions among Indian businesses regarding the impact of recent UK visa caps on the ability to hire overseas migrant workers from India to get employed in the UK.
Speaking about his visit, the immigration minister for Britain said that his role is to explain the changes in the UK immigration system and the underlying reasons for such changes.
Hence, Mr. Green will meet representatives from the education sector and senior businesses to ensure that the UK is not going to close doors to those wanting to work in the UK in the coming times.
The meetings will be held with Mr. Shivraj Patil, Governor of Punjab, Mr. Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indians Affairs and Shri Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry by the UK immigration minister as part of the consultations on UK immigration rules.
He is also likely to visit and thank the government of Punjab for cooperating with the immigration department of the UK.
UK has benefitted from the immigration of skilled and talented individuals for nearly 100 years and the role of skilled immigrants from India is of great significance to the UK.
Immigration has benefitted the economy of the UK and has resulted in enriching the culture of the UK. Hence, the new UK government all for favoring immigration, although at controlled levels, maintained the immigration minister.
Hence, consultations are going on for taking any decision on introducing a permanent cap on UK visas with effect from 1st April 2011 onwards.
Currently, there is an annual limit on the number of UK Tier 1(General)visas to be issued each year. However, this limit is not applicable for in-country and extension applications for UK visas.
And for UK Tier 2(General) visas, an annual cap is already in place for the total number of Employer Sponsorship Licenses to be issued each year.