The government may be set to face allegations of race discrimination after confirming forthcoming alterations to the UK's work visa system.
Yesterday (February 16th 2011), the Home Office revealed that as part of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance's plans to impose a limit on the number of non-European Union employees allowed to enter the country annually, it will offer 20,700 visas under Tier 2 of its new scheme.
In addition, the coalition will permit 1,000 visas to be issued under its newly-created exceptional talent route, but this may not be enough to appease both employers and employees from pursuing race discrimination action.
Under the new legislation, companies will have to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship from the UK Border Agency, which implemented a points-based immigration system under the previous administration in 2008.
Damian Green, immigration minister, commented: "Britain needs to attract the brightest and the best to fill jobs gaps but this should never be at the expense of workers already here."
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett