‘Migration is far too high and needs to come down’ says Home Secretary
In a speech to Parliament, James Cleverly, the new Home Secretary, set out his five point plan to reduce migration.
- Stopping overseas care workers from bringing family dependents and requiring care firms in England to be regulated by the Care Quality Commission in order for them to sponsor visas
- Increase the annual Immigration Health Surcharge by 66% to £1,035 to raise on average around 1.3bn for the health service
- Increasing the skilled worker earning threshold by a third, to £38,700 from next spring. Workers on the Health and Care visa route will be exempt.
- Reforming the shortage occupation list and scrapping the 20% salary reduction for jobs on the SOL.
- Raising the minimum income requirement for family visas to the same threshold as skilled workers (£38,700)
Mr Cleverly said that the package of measures will take place from next spring and, together with the measures already announced to reduce student dependents, will mean that around 300,000 fewer people are eligible to come to the UK in future years.
He also announced a review of the graduate route ‘to prevent abuse’.
Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow home secretary, accused the Government of a ‘chaotic panic’ and ‘more chaos, more veering all over the place.’
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