Always_a_Civvy said:I should point out however that many immigrants on benefits are obliged to do so by a government that refuses to allow them to seek paid employment until they have obtained citizenship. I'm nit picking here, of course.
Now I'm confused :? If we allow someone to immigrate to the UK, don't we give them rights of abode and work? Surely you're not saying that someone who we permit into the country to live must obtain a work-permit for each and every job? If however, we have someone in the country who is not permitted to work, then isn't this saying that "unless you can support yourself, find somewhere else to live"?
Here in Canada, I'm currently on a 1 year work-permit; at the end of this period, my entitlement to work ends as does my entitlement to remain in Canada. Should I cease working at the named company, I can remain in Canada however I can't work for anyone else. I am NOT entitled to any benefits in this period. Should I be granted a resident visa, then I am entitled to stay indefinitely and enter the labour market freely - I'll also be entitled to benefits should I need them.