UK Immigration Act to be extended

IMMIGRATION reforms ending the free movement of European citizens have been approved by the States.

President of Home Affairs Deputy Rob Prow. (28952082)
President of Home Affairs Deputy Rob Prow. (28952082)

Members have agreed to extend provisions in the UK Immigration Act, designed to give greater control once the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December.

But Home Affairs has still not agreed the new Bailiwick regime.

Its president Rob Prow offered reassurances that it was working quickly to ensure the post-Brexit regime not only respects the Common Travel Area shared with the UK but importantly meets the needs of the island and its economy.

It was estimated during the debate that there were around 1,900 workers in the hospitality sector who are almost all from abroad, and the post-Brexit system should safeguard their opportunities.

The new system will also allow the authorities to collect biometric data, or information related to physical characteristics.

Deputy Prow said it was an important policy letter.

‘The committee considers that it is necessary to extend the Bailiwick provisions and enable the collection and registration of biometric information more widely in order for the committee to implement an appropriate and proportionate system of biometric registration to ensure the security and integrity of the immigration and nationality system in the Bailiwick.

‘Biometric information is information about a person’s external, physical characteristics, including in particular fingerprints and features of the iris.’

The UK act ends the free movement of EEA nationals and their family members but still protects the status of Irish citizens.

The Common Travel Area covers the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Republic of Ireland.

Under the UK Immigration Act, people looking to move will need to apply for permission to work in Britain and will be assessed on their earnings, language skills and employment status.

Points could also be awarded for certain qualifications or for occupations where there is a shortage of staff.

Low-skilled migration will be significantly curbed, with employers told there is no general route for recruiting from overseas for jobs at or near the minimum wage.

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