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1124915
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Migrant Workers: NHS and Social Services more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure effective recruitment from (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries to meet demand for NHS and social care workers after the UK leaves the EU. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 251318 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
answer text <p>We have been clear that we want all EU nationals, including those working in the NHS and the care sector, to stay in the UK after we leave the EU.</p><p><br>In December 2018, the Government set out its proposals in “The UK’s future Skills-based Immigration System” White Paper. The White Paper proposals include a new route for skilled workers which will be open to anyone at RQF level 3 and above, irrespective of where they are applying from. This route will not be capped allowing all of those who meet our requirements to come to the UK and we intend to abolish the existing Resident Labour Market Test for highly skilled roles.</p><p><br>The White Paper also includes, as a transitional measure, a temporary workers route which will be open to anyone from qualifying countries, wishing to fill positions at any skill level, for up to 12 months. We do not intend to impose a cap on the number of people wishing to use the route.</p><p><br>In their report on the impact of EEA migration in the UK, the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended maintaining the existing system of salary thresholds.</p><p>The Government is undertaking an extensive programme of engagement with a wide range of stakeholders across the UK, over the course of this year, including with the private, public and voluntary sector and local government, as well as industry representatives and individual businesses before taking a final decision on the level of salary thresholds.</p>
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North remove filter
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
grouped question UIN
251319 more like this
251320 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-15T09:36:47.32Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-15T09:36:47.32Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1124916
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Visas: Nurses more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the salary exemption for nurses under Tier 2 visas will (a) be maintained and (b) extended to EEA citizens after the UK leaves the EU. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 251319 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
answer text <p>We have been clear that we want all EU nationals, including those working in the NHS and the care sector, to stay in the UK after we leave the EU.</p><p><br>In December 2018, the Government set out its proposals in “The UK’s future Skills-based Immigration System” White Paper. The White Paper proposals include a new route for skilled workers which will be open to anyone at RQF level 3 and above, irrespective of where they are applying from. This route will not be capped allowing all of those who meet our requirements to come to the UK and we intend to abolish the existing Resident Labour Market Test for highly skilled roles.</p><p><br>The White Paper also includes, as a transitional measure, a temporary workers route which will be open to anyone from qualifying countries, wishing to fill positions at any skill level, for up to 12 months. We do not intend to impose a cap on the number of people wishing to use the route.</p><p><br>In their report on the impact of EEA migration in the UK, the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended maintaining the existing system of salary thresholds.</p><p>The Government is undertaking an extensive programme of engagement with a wide range of stakeholders across the UK, over the course of this year, including with the private, public and voluntary sector and local government, as well as industry representatives and individual businesses before taking a final decision on the level of salary thresholds.</p>
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North remove filter
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
grouped question UIN
251318 more like this
251320 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-15T09:36:47.383Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-15T09:36:47.383Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1124917
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Migrant Workers: Social Services more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, steps he is taking to ensure that adequate numbers of non-UK care workers are able to work in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 251320 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
answer text <p>We have been clear that we want all EU nationals, including those working in the NHS and the care sector, to stay in the UK after we leave the EU.</p><p><br>In December 2018, the Government set out its proposals in “The UK’s future Skills-based Immigration System” White Paper. The White Paper proposals include a new route for skilled workers which will be open to anyone at RQF level 3 and above, irrespective of where they are applying from. This route will not be capped allowing all of those who meet our requirements to come to the UK and we intend to abolish the existing Resident Labour Market Test for highly skilled roles.</p><p><br>The White Paper also includes, as a transitional measure, a temporary workers route which will be open to anyone from qualifying countries, wishing to fill positions at any skill level, for up to 12 months. We do not intend to impose a cap on the number of people wishing to use the route.</p><p><br>In their report on the impact of EEA migration in the UK, the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended maintaining the existing system of salary thresholds.</p><p>The Government is undertaking an extensive programme of engagement with a wide range of stakeholders across the UK, over the course of this year, including with the private, public and voluntary sector and local government, as well as industry representatives and individual businesses before taking a final decision on the level of salary thresholds.</p>
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North remove filter
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
grouped question UIN
251318 more like this
251319 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-15T09:36:47.43Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-15T09:36:47.43Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1124958
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Visas: Ministers of Religion more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a response to Early Day Motion (a) 2358 on Changes to visa requirements for religious workers and (b) 2362 on Tier 5 visas for ministers of religion. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow North more like this
tabling member printed
Patrick Grady more like this
uin 251347 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answer text <p>The Government very much values the importance of religious and cultural expression to our communities in the UK and we continue to welcome Ministers of Religion from all faiths who wish to come to the UK in accordance with our Immigration Rules.</p><p>There are two routes for Religious Workers in the current immigration system.</p><p>Tier 2 Ministers of Religion is for those playing a leading role as faith leaders in our religious institutions. This category requires those coming to have a strong command of the English language in order to ensure Ministers of Religion can lead their congregations effectively and can interact with the wider communities they serve.</p><p>The second route, Tier 5 Religious Workers, is for those undertaking non-pastoral roles supporting the activities of these institutions. In line with our other temporary work categories, Tier 5 Religious Workers are not required to demonstrate their English language skills when applying for a visa.</p><p>We have taken steps to prevent our temporary work categories being used as a means to live in the UK for longer periods. Tier 5 is designed to facilitate short periods of knowledge sharing and cultural exchange and yet we have identified evidence of migrants using our Tier 5 Religious Worker and Charity Worker routes to facilitate near continuous residence in the UK.</p><p>We made changes to the Immigration Rules in October 2018 to preclude the use of Tier 5 by minister of Religion and to introduce a ‘cooling off period’, preventing Tier 5 Religious worker and Tier 5 Charity Worker visa holders from returning to the UK, via these immigration routes, for 12 months after their visa expires. This approach underpins the Government’s intention that these are temporary routes.</p><p>Bona fide Ministers of Religion are still welcome to come to the UK and that there remains a route for them in the immigration system through Tier 2.</p><p><br>The Government wrote to faith leaders in December, setting out the detail and explaining the rationale for the changes. Officials remain in regular contact with stakeholders and we are embarking on an extensive programme of engagement, in connection with the future immigration system.</p>
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North remove filter
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-13T11:07:14.55Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T11:07:14.55Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
4432
label Biography information for Patrick Grady more like this
1124959
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Visas: Ministers of Religion more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 5 temporary religious worker visas were (a) made and (b) granted in the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Greenwich and Woolwich more like this
tabling member printed
Matthew Pennycook more like this
uin 251348 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
answer text <p>Information on ‘Tier 5 – Religious Workers’ entry clearance visa applications and outcomes (granted, refused, withdrawn, lapsed) is published on a quarterly basis in the Home Office’s ‘Immigration Statistics’, Visas data tables volume 1, table vi_01_q, latest edition at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2018/list-of-tables#visas." target="_blank"> https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2018/list-of-tables#visas.</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North remove filter
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-15T10:00:17.26Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-15T10:00:17.26Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
4520
label Biography information for Matthew Pennycook more like this
1124981
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Asylum: Religion more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 March 2019 to Question 235381 on Asylum: Religion, what progress his Department has made on investigating reports that asylum refusals have included quotations from religious texts; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
tabling member printed
Afzal Khan more like this
uin 251363 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answer text <p>After reports indicated that an asylum decision included quotations from religious texts and was not drafted in accordance with Home Office policy guidance, Asylum Operations conducted an investigation into this matter. A small number of religious conversion cases were sampled, and no further cases were identified during this sampling exercise.</p><p>All such decisions are currently subject to further scrutiny, pending the roll out of additional specialist training, which has been developed in collaboration with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief.</p><p>The Asylum Learning and Development Team started to deliver the specialist training package on religious claims on Monday 8 April, which will be mandatory for all asylum decision-makers.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North remove filter
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-13T11:01:42.197Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T11:01:42.197Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
4671
label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1125052
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Immigrants: Employment more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employers have used the digital checking service for right to work checks since its launch. more like this
tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
tabling member printed
Afzal Khan more like this
uin 251393 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answer text <p>Statistics on use of the online right to work service will be published as part of the Home Office’s Transparency Data by the end of the year.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North remove filter
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-13T16:03:24.183Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T16:03:24.183Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
4671
label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1125065
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Biometrics: Edinburgh more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of the requirement for people from Edinburgh to travel to Glasgow for biometric enrolment facilities on (a) disabled applicants, (b) applications for family visas and (c) people of limited means; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South more like this
tabling member printed
Ian Murray more like this
uin 251272 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answer text <p>UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VCAS) centres are run by Sopra Steria Ltd (SSL) on behalf of UK Visas &amp; Immigration (UKVI). <br>Sopra Steria, undertook market research to identify initial service locations; their research included the impact on customer travel time, cost and accessibility. There are currently six core sites across the UK at which application submission services are offered free of charge and beyond that, SSL offer a range of enhanced services in a further 50 locations. These services enable customers to submit their biometric information (photo and fingerprints) and supporting evidence in one location. 62% of customers will, on average, have to travel less than 25 miles to visit a core service centre, with 78% travelling less than 50 miles. Appointments may be offered for individual customers and/or family groups to enrol their biometrics together.</p><p>SSL continue to assess customer demand, working closely with UKVI, and are planning to open a further 6 enhanced service locations throughout May and June, one of which will be offered in Edinburgh.</p><p>SSL are required to provide locations that comply with the Equality Act 2010 (including full compliance with the disability discrimination provisions) and biometric capture solutions are suitable for different customer groups, including customers with disabilities.</p><p>For customers who are eligible to apply using the Service and Support Centres (SSCs), it is estimated that 62% of customers will be within 30 miles of their nearest service centre and customers who meet certain criteria, which may include people of limited means; will be able to apply for travel assistance.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North remove filter
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-13T16:06:48.27Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T16:06:48.27Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray more like this