Author: dave wheeler
The Home Secretary is due to publish the details of ending freedom of movement rules for EU migrants after December 2020, according to The Times.
The move will see immigration from Europe be cut to as little as 10,000 a year.
Mr Javid commented earlier this week that he wanted to reduce migration figures as part of his plan to promote greater social mobility.
“I want Britain to be that kind of opportunity society where the government is your friend, working with you, enabling,” he said in an interview with The Spectator.
“Personally I think that is far more important than someone saying: our immigration policy is about bringing numbers down, and nothing else.”
Figures published in November showed that net migration from the EU was 74,000 in the 12 months to June – the lowest figure for six years.
Low risk of immigration abuse’
The government’s draft white paper aims to reduce this to between 10,000 and 25,000 migrants each year by 2025.
Under the proposals, medium-skilled migrants will be allowed in provided they have a job paying a minimum of £30,000 per year, while low-skilled workers will receive short-term visas of a year maximum if they are from a country with “low risk of immigration abuse.”
There will be no cap on highly skilled migrants from anywhere in the world.
Meanwhile those coming to the UK to study will be granted six months of leave, switching to a skilled worker’s visa three months prior to the end of their course if they wish.
EU nationals will also need to obtain an online Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) costing £6, as well as provide a passport on entry to the UK.