Huppert brings Immigration Minister to the city
MP Julian Huppert brings Immigration Minister, Mark Harper to Cambridge on Thursday (May 16) to address fears that problems with the current immigration system keep out the overseas talent that the city needs.
Mr Harper will visit English language school, Studio Cambridge and Cambridge University during a four hour visit.
His trip comes just days after the government revealed in the Queen’s Speech plans to introduce new immigration laws.
Julian has already announced that he will keep a close watch on the plans to make sure they don’t keep out the talented people that are needed by the country’s educational and research establishments and businesses.
And yesterday Monday (May 13) he met representatives of English UK, the national association of accredited English language centres to discuss their concerns about the government’s visa system for non-EU residents coming to the UK.
Julian said: “I am delighted that the Minister is coming to Cambridge to give businesses, the language schools and universities the opportunity to put their cases on this issue.
“We have to act to deal with the massive backlog of immigration cases caused by catastrophic working on the part of the UK Border Agency. They take far too long to make decisions, and even when they get round to it, make far too many errors.
“It is hardly surprising that immigration is identified as one of the biggest issues facing the UK if the agency, originally set up by the last government, gets things consistently wrong. They cannot even tell us who is in the country let alone whether they should be here.
“But I am worried that the government’s Immigration Bill will go further than that leading to legislation which could keep out the very people that we need to get our economy back on its feet and drive it forward.
“I want to make sure that non-EU residents who are coming to study here or take up academic, research or business posts are not kept out by the new legislation. If we fail to do this we risk serious consequences for our language schools, universities and businesses and we could do untold damage to our economy.”