Britain opens door to needed IT workers

Britain is relaxing its work permit laws to ease access to the country for skilled IT workers.

Britain is relaxing its work permit laws to ease access to the country for skilled IT workers.

The law change, which came into effect last week, follows pressure from employers. Businesses will be able to apply for permits that last for five years instead of the previous four, and graduates who apply will no longer need to have two years' work experience. The move could see the number of permits issued rise by 40%.

The UK government says the change will not lead to extra immigration as it is led by demand from employers. However, Home Office Minister Barbra Roche recently called for the UK to consider a Green Card immigration scheme to ease certain skill shortages.

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