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[Published: Wednesday April 25 2007]
ew points based Migration system in the UK starting next Year
London,(APA)- The British Immigration Minister Liam Byrne, unveiled the timetable for introducing the United Kingdom's (UK) tough new Australian-style points based system for migration, during a fact finding visit to Sydney, a British Home Office press release reveals.The new scheme, which will be phased in from early 2008, will enable the British Government to manage migration to the UK more effectively, tackle abuse and attract the most talented workers into the UK economy.

The announcement came as Mr Byrne was given a tour of Australia's border controls by Australian Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews after attending the fourth annual Four Country Conference on immigration hosted by the Australian Government, which was also attended by representatives from the United States and Canada.

Key issues under discussion include: the challenges of removing illegal immigrants, using new technology to facilitate global travel and the exchange of immigration information on war criminals."With the exception of an elite group of highly skilled migrants all other foreign workers or students will need a UK sponsor to vouch for them and help us make sure they are playing by the rules. A new 20million network of Border and Immigration Agency officers will be making the checks.

According to the UK government, Britain 's new simplified, secure system for managing migration will work alongside measures designed to secure the UK 's borders which will be the subject of discussion at the conference. The new system, which will allow migrants to come to the UK under one of five tiers replacing more than 80 existing routes of entry, will begin its roll out at the beginning of 2008.

* Tier 1 of the system, which caters for highly skilled migrants suchas scientists and entrepreneurs, will be launched at the beginning of2008;

* Tier 2, targeting skilled workers with a job offer and Tier 5, foryouth mobility and temporary workers, will come on line in the third quarter of 2008; and

* Tier 4, for students, will follow at the beginning of 2009.A system of sponsorship by employers and educational institutions to ensure compliance with the immigration rules is also being introduced as part of the new system at the beginning of next year. Controlling migration to the UK through a new simplified, secure system, fitsalongside ongoing activity to tighten up the UK 's immigration controls. This includes implementing new technology to record simply and effectively details of passengers intending to enter or leave theUK before they begin their journey, and the strengthening of the UK's visa system, concludes the Home Office press release.

AB/APA/26 April 2007---

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