By: Dennis Adonis (in London)
London, United Kingdom; – In preparation for the potential fallout from Brexit, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced less than 24hrs ago that foreigners would no longer be able to take up jobs in the UK that Britons can do, while the number of people coming to Britain to work and study will be significantly reduce.
This means that Guyanese and other foreigners would now find it harder to obtain a visa to come to the UK to settle, work, or study.
In a wide ranging policy speech, Rudd explained that under the new rules employers can be jailed for employing someone who does not have the right to work here.
Property owners and landlords will also be sent to jail if they are found to be renting their property to illegal migrants, while banks and other service providers can face heavy penalties for facilitating the financial or other business interest of an illegal immigrant.
Rudd also announced new plans regarding deportations, which she said would require the passing of new laws that would see migrants being deported faster and for less serious offences.
However, the more than 200 Guyanese who travels to the UK annually for study or temporary work purposes would find it harder to do so, since visas would only be considered for certain categories of courses, while employment visas will only be possible if there is no one among Britain’s more than 65 million people that can do the job.
By comparison, it is already easier for a Guyanese to obtain a visa to go to the US than to get one to come to the UK, where the entry requirements are relatively tough.
A large number of Guyanese are settled in the UK. And dozens of them are suspected to have either overstayed their permitted period to remain here, or is settled here without the appropriate visa.