Britain is set to change the rules in order to give priority to the “brightest and the best” immigrants who can ‘contribute’ under new plans to cut the number of foreigners settling in the UK, the Immigration Minister has said.
Damian Green is widely expected this week to outline the principles behind the Government’s new “selective” immigration policy that will give preferential treatment to investors, entrepreneurs and world-class artists, dancers, musicians and academics.
Under the planned reforms “fewer but better” immigrants will be allowed to settle in the UK, with those who lack the skills to “help drive economic growth” or contribute to UK culture facing greater scrutiny.
In an interview with The Sunday Times Mr Green said:
“What we need is a system that…goes out to seek those people who are either going to create jobs or wealth or add to the high-level artistic and cultural aspirations we have.
“Getting the number down is the absolute key but what I am aiming at is fewer and better.”
The Conservative MP said those wishing to live in Britain will have to show “genuine serious usefulness to British society” and prove they are not totally dependent on benefits.
“We want permanently to make Britain the most attractive country in the world for the brightest and the best. The era of mass immigration is over.”
According to Mr Green, the UK turned down 385,000 visas last year, detected 27,000 forged documents and is currently stopping 1,000 people getting on a UK-bound plane each month. Source: Press Association and The Sunday Times.
The coalition government shelved Labour’s ‘earned citizenship’ scheme when it came to power, but has always pledged to cut the numbers of migrants moving from temporary migrants to permanent settlement.
The details of the proposals are expected to be outlined this week by the Immigration Minister and will be published by Immigration Matters. However, the message seems clear that all but the highly skilled or investors will find it more difficult to obtain indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
The news will be a bitter blow to thousands of Tier 2 working migrants expecting to qualify for permanent residence after 5 years and eventually a British passport or UK naturalisation. However, the report did not confirm whether or not any Immigration Rule changes on settlement will be retrospective.
The moves will do nothing to stem the tide of migration from Eastern European countries such as Poland, although working restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanians will remain until the end of 2013.
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