Since immigrations law isn’t a touchy issue at all, I’m really sure this is going to go over really, really well with people. You see, today marks the day that England’s Tier 1 visa law goes into effect, which, in addition to letting the cream of the science and engineering crop sneak in early as well, essentially allows celebrity award winners to “fast-track” the immigration process to become British citizens.
According to Movieline:
Britain’s Tier 1 Exceptional Talent measure allows for leaders or potential leaders in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and arts to immigrate more easily to the U.K. than previous visa laws allowed. As The Hollywood Reporter puts it, the arts category targets filmmakers and actors who have at least one major award on their mantlepiece already, or those who have been nominated in recent years:
To be eligible, applicants must have won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe or an Emmy Award or have been nominated in the five years before applying. The government has set aside 300 spots for anyone who meets the requirements.
Meanwhile, England is concurrently trying to reduce immigration numbers for non-Oscar nominee types, attempting to narrow net immigration to “tens of thousands.” A thousand spaces in total have been reserved for the Tier 1 program, so if you’re an Oscar/Emmy/Golden Globe winner, get packing.
Nope, this shouldn’t offend anyone, anyone at all. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m just gonna duck beneath these Molotov cocktails that are being tossed over my head. You understand.
What do you think of Britain’s new immigration law?