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Tier 1 (General): No longer welcome [20110106|14:35]
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This e-mail excerpt actually made me cry at work.

The UK government has closed the Tier 1 (General) route for applications made overseas as it expects the interim limit for Tier 1 (General) applications to be reached imminently. Since the Tier 1 (General) route will be closed permanently from April 2011, the overseas route will not reopen.

The UK Border Agency will stop accepting Tier 1 (General) applications made overseas from 00:01hrs (GMT) on 23 December 2010. Applications submitted and paid for overseas up until the end of 22 December 2010 will be processed as normal. Any applications received after this time will be rejected.

Please note that Tier 1 (General) applications made in the UK will remain open until 5 April 2011. Applications to extend existing Tier 1 (General) visas, applications to switch into Tier 1 (General) from a different immigration category, and applications from dependents can therefore be made as normal.


I realize people in the UK have a lot to worry about right now, from benefit cuts to the VAT increase to stagnant unemployment rates, and so probably no one cares but me.

It's hard to explain why, but this hurts. My Tier 1 (General) visa expires in 2012. After that, I have no choice but to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain if I want to stay. It so happens that I've been here, and employed continuously, for long enough that I should qualify. It also happens that I plan to settle here. Somehow, though, I find the closure of the scheme tantamount to being told I'm unwelcome. At least when the HSMP (Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) scheme was shut down, it was because it was replaced by the improved, streamlined Tier 1 scheme. This feels like having a door slammed in your face.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2011-01-06 14:51 (UTC)
I am sorry. That just sucks and sucks. It really does.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-06 21:41 (UTC)
Like a hoover the size of Uranus.
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[User Picture]From: innerbrat
2011-01-06 14:54 (UTC)
Oh my god! I'm so angry about this, you wouldn't believe. And not because I'm relying on, say, this country not shutting down the equivalent before my student visa runs out.

We. Need. Highly Skilled People. This is just a fact. And the thing about highly skilled people? They're needed everywhere, and they tend to move around because they have the opportunity. Blocking Tier 1 immigrants will not, in fact, prevent Tier 1 equivalents from emigrating, because they can and they'll always be needed everywhere. All this does is create a one-way system in which the net number of highly qualified people in the UK will continue to decrease. And because we'll lose trained academics(&c), we'll lose the prestige of active academic research. And because the quality of academia will slip, the quality of education will slip, ad stupiditum.

This is a slap in the face to British Research, and we're going to lose some Effing excellent scientists, hopefully not including you.

So Bloody Stupid.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-06 21:42 (UTC)
I like this comment, and not just because it has amplified my vocabulary with the tremendous phrase ad stupiditum. I agree with you - obviously! - and I'm really hoping my home country is not going to retaliate (or imitate) with similar tomfoolery.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2011-01-06 15:51 (UTC)
This unfortunately is the sort of bullshit you get when two parties of the Authoritarian Right compete for the racist vote.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-01-06 17:01 (UTC)
Indeed.
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2011-01-06 16:27 (UTC)
I'm furious. This makes absolutely no sense to me.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-06 21:35 (UTC)
I have the feeling it's going to end up doing very little other than cause a lot of aggravation, and then being quietly reintroduced under some other name when continued pressure from the business sector becomes more imperative than making futile gestures under the guise of reducing immigration.
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[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2011-01-06 20:49 (UTC)
Nope. I'm a dual national and I'm FUMING on your behalf. Everytime the government makes stupid decisions lately I want to catapault them into the sun.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-06 21:32 (UTC)
Well, thank you. Perhaps the collective heat of our fume will raise the temperature of their offices enough to make their seats uncomfortable.

ALSO! I have found the spare that is now your new lab coat! How would you like me to deliver it to you?
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[User Picture]From: shadowdaddy
2011-01-06 21:47 (UTC)
I agree, it's really lame to be reminded that I'm just 'one of them.' Most of the complaints you see/hear about immigration are simply xenophobic BS directed at people who are here legally under EU or commonwealth rules. It's just ridiculous and knee-jerk of the government to target the Tier 1 scheme since it's the one specifically designed to bring in high-value, high-earning, educated people.

As long as that crap attitude doesn't surface when I'm applying for ILR later this year, or when you do in 2012...

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-06 22:42 (UTC)
I thought that because we're here legally, with credentials, and are beneficial to the economy, we were not "one of them". Foolish me.

I will be applying for ILR later this year, too. My visa goes beyond the point where I qualify. Fingers crossed for both of us. (And mutual commiserations when the time comes to fill out the forms!)
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[User Picture]From: cheekytubemouse
2011-01-06 21:56 (UTC)
*hug* I'm keeping my fingers firmly crossed for you.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-06 22:39 (UTC)
Thank you. That's about all I can do as well, considering that I can't vote here. :/
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2011-01-06 22:43 (UTC)
Aw, hon. I'm sorry. I'm glad it looks like you'll be able to stay beyond 2012, but I'm sorry about that door slamming feeling.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-06 22:51 (UTC)
Thank you. Fortunately my natural cynical-yet-chirpy outlook is reasserting itself. I can even make sarcastic remarks about it (see above comments)!
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2011-01-07 02:37 (UTC)
This makes me heartsick for you. I'm so sorry this has happened and thankful that you still have options. It sucks that you must pursue them rather than doing it solely because it's right and you want to.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-07 16:53 (UTC)
YES. That's exactly it. You've nailed the reason I found it upsetting. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2011-01-07 07:18 (UTC)
I understand.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-07 16:54 (UTC)
*expat shoulderbump of sympathy*
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From: anokapolis
2011-01-09 13:45 (UTC)
As a son of first generation immigrants I really feel you on this and this is purely xenophobes trying to win elections. My country which is built on immigration in it's short history is following the same route as many European countries and that's very sad. I hope this is change is changed before 2012.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-10 21:33 (UTC)
I'm also a child of a first-gen immigrant - to the US. It's hard to believe that the US, which essentially won over all its (voluntary) immigrant citizens by not being as inflexible and intolerant as the regimes they were escaping, has been slamming doors shut for most of our lifetimes. It makes me feel sad, angry and powerless to see this happening in my home country as well as my adopted one.
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2011-01-09 21:09 (UTC)
:-(
The more the merrier!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-10 21:30 (UTC)
Unfortunately, it looks like the Powers That Be are more of the "Three's a crowd" mindset. :/
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