The Home Secretary has published the White Paper that outlines a new skills-based post-Brexit immigration system.
Sajid Javid said this new immigration system “means we can end free movement so that, for the first time for more than 40 years, we will be able to say who can, and who cannot come to this country.”
He went on to describe the publication of the White Paper as “an historic moment.”
The skills-based post-Brexit immigration system is set to introduce a route for skilled workers that gives priority to experience and talent over nationality.
In line with the recommendations set out by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) earlier this year, the government believes this immigration system will ensure employers are able to access skills from all over the world, while also reducing net migration to sustainable levels.
The White Paper will allow tens of thousands of low-skilled migrants to work in the UK for up to a year, in measures that will last until 2025 and protect those parts of the country that are dependent on labour from overseas.
In the biggest shake-up to immigration policy in the UK for 40 years, Mr Javid’s White Paper also includes measures to scrap the cap on number of skilled workers from the EU and beyond; and a consultation on a minimum salary requirement of £30,000 for those skilled migrants who apply for five-year visas.
That last point is one that industries across the whole of UK are worried about; construction, transport and many other industries rely on skilled labour that would fall under that salary bracket.
However, the Home Secretary believes the immigration system will “boost our economy.”
He said: “The proposals are the biggest change to our immigration system in a generation.
“We are taking a skills-based approach to ensure we can attract the brightest and best migrants to the UK.
“These measures will boost our economy and benefit the British people.”
The government plan to phase in the new system from 2021.