United Kingdom to do away with European Union, non-EU visa restrictions post Brexit

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India definitely sees the positive side of the new immigration system rolled out by UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, as the cap of the number of visas issued in a year, which was previously 20,700 has now been lifted.

The immigration white paper spells out the government's commitment to ending free movement of European Union citizens and replacing it with a skills-based migration system in a "phased" approach after the post-Brexit transition period ends in 2021.

The government proposal places no limit on the number of well-paid, skilled immigrants who can settle in Britain, but puts curbs on "low-skilled" workers, who would only be able to get one-year working visas.

In addition, skilled migrants seeking five-year visas could have consultation on a mimunum salary requirement of 30,000.

This will enable highly skilled/skilled migrants from around to world to work in the UK.

The Federation of Small Businesses complained that reducing their ability to hire mid and low skilled workers would cause "serious disruption to the economy".

"It will be a system that will bring net migration down to more sustainable levels", he told BBC radio, although he said there was "no specific target" for the reduction. The delay in publication was partly down to a dispute between ministers over a possible £30,000 salary threshold for skilled workers.

The European Commission, which presented the plans, also warned of higher charges for using credit or debit cards because EU rules limiting such fees would no longer apply.

Downing Street has been trying to get the immigration white paper published for a year, believing that the introduction of strict border controls is a trump card at a time when May is struggling to persuade rebellious MPs to sign off on her Brexit deal reached with the EU.

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While a reduction in European Union migration could help the government achieve its immigration target - despite Mr Javid not committing to a number - it could leave some industries with vacancies they struggle to fill.

Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers representing NHS trusts, said the organisation was "deeply concerned" about the impact on the health services. Museums, galleries, studios and universities all regularly recruit talented, enthusiastic workers to do jobs that need a high degree of specialisation, and then pay them very poorly. As one door closes, it warrants that another be opened. Employers who rely on EEA nationals, particularly lower paid/skilled workers, will inevitably be disappointed as the new system looks far less accommodating and more burdensome and costlier.

Philip Hammond, the chancellor, and Greg Clark, business secretary, who led the revolt, now expect employers' groups to lobby hard to slash the prime minister's preferred £30,000 threshold. The spousal income threshold of £18,600 remains, for example, despite findings from the University of Oxford's Migration Observatory that it may be deterring tens of thousands of high-skilled workers.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the government's plans would be "devastating for the Scottish economy" because "our demographics make it essential that we attract people to live and work here".

However, the group added that it will continue to campaign for a longer two-year post-study work visa.

People who do jobs which the United Kingdom needs - on the shortage occupation list - are also eligible to apply for the Tier 2 visa, even if the job is less highly-skilled and ranked at RQF level four.

As well as Mr Javid's plans to bring net migration - which is now at 273,000 - to "sustainable" levels, there will also be no caps on skilled professions like doctors and engineers.

As expected, the numerical cap on skilled workers - now 20,700 a year - would be axed.

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