Dec 15, 2010, 11:30 AM
nationals in the
to a press release from the British High Commission in
identity cards, according to the release, will contain their facial image and
fingerprints and will be securely locked to one identity and will help protect
against identity fraud, illegal working and immigration, crime and terrorism
among other things. It will also enable those in the
Croydon, the first identity cards will be issued to people making applications
to remain in the
continued that over the next three weeks enrolment identity card centres for
foreign nationals will open in
"All new foreign nationals and those extending their stay will have a card within three years and it is estimated that by the end of 2014\15 about 90 per cent of all foreign nationals will have been issued with one," the release stated.
Under the Tier 2 companies must pass the Resident Labour Market test by proving that they cannot fill the post with a resident worker before they can bring in some from outside the EEA.
Employers will need to get a sponsors' licence to enable them to bring migrant workers into the country from outside the EEA.
covers those travelling temporally to the
Tiers 2 and
5 will sweep aside around 30 different routes to the
employers who have registered with the UK Border Agency will be able to bring
in migrant workers from outside
employer who breaks the rules and employs foreign nationals who have no right
to work in the
Tier 1 of
the points system, for highly skilled migrants, was introduced in February this
year and Tier 4 which covers students will follow at the beginning of 2009.
Tier 3, which covers low skilled routes will only be used if specific shortages
are identified that cannot be filled from the
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was quoted as saying:
"The Australian-style points system will ensure only those we need - and no more - can come here. It is also flexible, allowing us to raise or lower the bar according to the needs of business and taking population trends into account.
identity cards for foreign nationals will replace paper documents and give
employers a safe and secure way of checking a migrant's right to work and study