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Highly-skilled Migrants Programme

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number of workers on the highly skilled migrants programme accepted on the original criteria who will no longer have leave to remain in the UK following the planned changes. (110964)

People who were granted leave under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) before the changes will be able to complete that period of leave. We anticipate that most of those people who then wish to extend their leave after the changes and who are economically active in the United Kingdom will be able to extend their leave under the revised Immigration Rules for the HSMP, to succeed under the transitional arrangements for self-employed people, or to switch into work permit employment. We will be evaluating the impact of the changes.