With Brexit still keeping the future of many British and European people hanging in the balance, the UK has been looking to other foreign shores for support.
It’s no secret that under the new Brexit trades deals and European laws the UK has got a seriously uncertain time ahead financially. However, now it appears that the UK has been told it will have to relax its immigration rules for Australians should Great Britain wish to trade freely with Canberra.
Australia’s high commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer has said that Australia would hope for better access for business people working in Great Britain before coming to a post-Brexit deal. Downer has stated that it may even be possible to reach an agreement within 8 months of Britain leaving the EU.
Theresa May, the UK’s acting Prime Minister has stated that she will begin talks to strike a trade deal with New Zealand in the near future. Speaking with the BBC, Downer said on the subject:
“It might just make it a bit simpler actually,
“For example, an Australian company that invests in the UK might want to bring some of its executives to the UK.
“That can be done with what are called tier 2 visas, but maybe that could be made a little bit easier.
“I suspect they would be the only sort of changes you’d be looking at.”
Ultimately Alexander Downer has suggested that visas be negotiated at the same time as trades deals between the UK and Australia.
Currently, Australians entering the UK for work purposes must have a tier two visa which allows them to stay in the UK for a maximum term of five years and 14 days. Australian’s are eligible for the visa if they have a skilled job in the UK, a sponsorship certificate from their employer and a minimum savings of £945 in the bank.
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