Changes to the immigration rules are threatening the arts in Britain by making it difficult for foreign performers to enter the country, according to an article in The Times (on its website).
A report by the Manifesto Club UK Arts and Culture: Cancelled by Order of the Home Office has highlighted that key arts events have had to be cancelled, or have otherwise been affected, since the new points-based system came into effect. Under the new system, performance artists must have funds of at least £800 and a sponsor that will monitor them, before they can come to Britain. A number of artists, including dancers and musicians, have been unable to obtain a visa to enter the country, to perform at events.
Leaving aside the world of top level performance art, employers need to be aware of the rules in the points-based system when employing foreign nationals. Skilled workers must qualify under tier 2 of the system, which requires employers to obtain a sponsorship licence before they can issue sponsorship certificates to skilled migrant workers from outside the EEA. See Employing foreign nationals (subscription required) in the XpertHR employment law manual for more details about the points-based system. XpertHR’s topic of the week (subscription required) will also be covering this topic in July.