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Migrant Workers

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people from (a) Cyprus, (b) the Czech Republic, (c) Estonia, (d) Hungary, (e) Latvia, (f) Lithuania, (g) Malta, (h) Poland, (i) Slovakia and (j) Slovenia held UK working visas on 1 May 2004, broken down by type of visa; and what guidance is provided to such people on steps they are required to take once their visas have expired if they want to keep working in the UK; (185108)

(2) what guidance her Department provided to employers on the legal implications of employing individuals from member states who joined the EU on 1 May 2004;

(3) how many people from (a) Cyprus, (b) the Czech Republic, (c) Estonia, (d) Hungary, (e) Latvia, (f) Lithuania, (g) Malta, (h) Poland, (i) Slovakia and (j) Slovenia have left the worker registration scheme having worked in the UK continuously for 12 months.

Information on the number of nationals from the 2004 accession states who held a UK working visa on 1 May 2004 could be obtained only by detailed examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.

The Home Office has published guidance on the worker registration scheme for ‘A8’ nationals, those from the 2004 accession states excluding Cyprus and Malta, and employers. This includes a booklet entitled “Living and Working in the UK”, detailing their rights and responsibilities from 1 May 2004. This is available on the Border and Immigration Agency website:

http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/workingintheuk/wrsleaflet

A copy will be placed in the House Library.

The number of ‘A8’ nationals who have left the worker registration scheme is not known as there is no requirement to “de-register” once an individual has worked in the UK continuously for 12 months. The “Accession Monitoring Report May 2004 to September 2007” gives information on ‘A8’ nationals and their intended length of stay. This is available on the Border and Immigration Agency website:

http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/Reports/accession_monitoring_report/

A copy is available in the House Library.

Nationals of Cyprus and Malta are not required to register on the worker registration scheme and are not subject to those conditions placed on nationals from the ‘A8’ countries.