Britain Allows Indian Professionals to Return


LONDON, Jul 11: In a major policy change, Britain has decided to allow thousands of Indian professionals, who left the country after the November 2006 immigration rules changes, to return.

All Indian and other non-EU professionals will now be allowed to return to Britain and continue under the criteria under which they first entered as part of the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme. Such professionals who now apply to return to Britain will not have to pay application fees to process their papers.

Over 5,000 highly skilled migrants, most of them Indians, had left Britain following the changes that were challenged in the High Court. On April 8 this year, the court ruled that the November 2006 changes could not be applied retrospectively.

Amit Kapadia, executive director of the HSMP Forum that successfully led the legal challenge, said: "We are happy to have fulfilled our commitment in ensuring those affected by the November 2006 illegal changes are able to return back to UK with due honour... Even the time they spent in their home country after the changes would be counted towards the settlement criteria on their return to UK."

"The new policy guidance covers not only migrants who were approved before November 7, 2006, but also those who were refused extension under the unlawful rules, including those migrants who did not apply for extension and migrants who have either switched immigration categories to more restrictive visa regimes or left the UK as a result," Kapadia said.

He said the forum will closely monitor the implementation of the court's judgement and would work with officials to ensure that all affected professionals were treated with respect and dignity in restoring their status as highly skilled migrants in the UK.


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  • Shanti Lobo, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 13 2008

    Mr. Joachim Fernandes’ rational thought is also too hilarious. It is neither analytical nor informative. I would say it is just baseless. I am curious to know on what basis did Mr. Fernandes concluded that Indian skilled migrant are cheap in Britain !!! Coming to the point, let me elaborate if there is any misinterpretation.

    It is known that Indian labor workouts to be cheaper when the work is out sourced to India. It is mainly because of the difference in Dollar and Rupee value. This doesn’t mean that the employees in India are paid less. They are well paid to Indian standard, but it comes out to be less when you convert it in dollars.

    For example if a 5years experienced software engineer is paid 80,000 INR a month in India (which is high compared to Indian standard), which is equivalent to around 1,900 dollars, which is cheap. If you have to hire the same software engineer in US you have to pay not lesser than 5,500 USD. Which is nearly 3 times more. So they say labor is cheap in India. So most of the software projects and BPOs are outsourced to India. Also most of the MNCs are interested in opening development centers/industries in India.

    But this doesn’t mean that Indian professionals are paid less outside India. Coming to Britain, here wages are not subjected to race/country of origin. There is no discrimination in wages based on county of origin. In some of the cases highly skilled Indian professionals are more paid than their British counterparts (If you want, I can show you the evidence). In Briton the salary is based on the type of job, skills, experience, but not on basis of race.

    The law also doesn’t allow this. This is true in entire Europe. But I am not sure if the same thing applies in US, because I have not lived there. So Mr.Fernandes, considering the facts, I would appreciate if you could take back your so called, rational thought. Before concluding, I would also like to add that Mangaloreans, who born and brought up in a hard environment are rarely brought up on Bollywood/sandalwood movies. Whatever we speak is from the bottom of our heart and out of our experience/knowledge. It is not just firing bullet in the air !!!

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  • Joachim Fernandes, US

    Sat, Jul 12 2008

    Indians, raised on a diet of Bollywood films, have difficulty with rational thought. Indian descriptions of life in Britain are hilarious. It is not hard to understand the reason for Britain's reversal. Businesses want cheap labor and India has an inexhaustible supply of cheap skilled and unskilled labor.

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  • A.D'Cunha Shenoy, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jul 11 2008

    M/s Shanti Lobo, You are a well informed individual and speak your heart and it is true whatever you said. Yes, all immigrant prone countries lack financial and human resources, their tax base is depleting, baby boomers are aging, there is no population due to financial hardships and social behaviour, young youth invoved in crimes, sexual misbehaviour and the FAMILY unit is crumbled, there is no money in the coffers to support once established so called heavily tax-funded social programs. They want immigrants just for money to keep the nations going. Austyalia, Canada, UK, Newzealand, USA and many others- all these countres virtully bankrupt.

    These nations are deficit funded. If one pays millions, in some cases few hundred thousands of their currencies one can get immigrant, enterprenuarial visas overnight. Why? these nations are desperate for humans to support their tax base. Indian nationals who want to migrate must be careful not to end up in the trap( these nations may change laws anytime they want as per their convenience). Above all, no matter how much money they make cost of living in these nations are horrendous, no savings possible except for very high income people.

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  • Pradeep John Farias, Kallianpur/Melbourne

    Fri, Jul 11 2008

    Shanti Lobo, well said. Australia is not better either. You will see Indians, Chinese, Srilankans in professional examinations. Locals try their best to ignore the qualifications and qualities migrants from India bring to the workplace and support their own, it is not very far that Corporate world start recognising the value we bring in. Similar to UK most Aussie youths spend their time in entertaining themselves.

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  • Shanti Lobo, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 11 2008

    Highly Skilled migrants generate the major revenue for the UK government. So probably the government has now realized the need of money to combat with inflation, so they called back the highly skilled migrants, to earn and pay the tax. The highly skilled are well paid and they generate a good revenue to the government by paying a hefty tax. In return the government just have to take care NHS and Education and doesn’t have to pay back any social funding like pension or child benefit, if they are not EU nationals.

    However UK also lacks the professionals as most of its own citizens don’t go for professional education. Technical departments of the universities are flooded with Chinese, Indians, French, German and other national students. This could be because the Brit children don’t get any attention from parents in their teenage.

    I can see most of the youth falling into bad habits like smoking, drinking in their young age like 12-18 years and busy in sexual activities and involved in knife crime and gang wars. Where as the parents busy in divorce, strained relation, dating etc. Whenever I see these youths misbehaving in the parks, I say myself “India, You are Great. Though they call you a third world country You are Rich in your own way”.

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  • Max & Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore/Houston, Tx

    Fri, Jul 11 2008

    This is a new trend and also a positive trend from the British Govt that need be embranced with a positive attitude. This is all part and portion of the "Dual Citizenship concept" that will come into reality due to changing Globalization advantages for the competitive world. Our educational qualities, our honesty and integrity, added with our virtue of hard work and all our credibility should be a big "eye opener" for many other neighbouring countries to know that Indians should not be taken for granted but to be treated with lot of concern and respect. The brain power and the man power is the future strength and hope for all Indians living inside and outside of India.

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  • Alston john, Mangalore-Bangalore

    Fri, Jul 11 2008

    why UK, I was working there now I am earning more than UK's salary in Bangalore-India and I am proud of that .

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  • vijaykummar ullas lobo, dubai

    Fri, Jul 11 2008

    I would still like to go back if it is possible. If you have any information to the procedures in returning to Britain can you please email it to me.

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  • JERALD MORAS, Kuppepadauv / Calgary, Canada

    Fri, Jul 11 2008

    I think time is changed. Now, UK citizens have to take-up jobs in India. Secondly those 5,000 highly skilled migrants will never return as they must have been already setup in either in India or some other countries.

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