The UK Border Agency has published an official statement on last weeks decision by two judges to rule that the interim cap on non-EU immigration is unlawful.
The UK Border Agency’s response:
It has been announced today that the Home Office has lost a judicial review on the interim limit for Tier 1 (General) and Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system.
In response to the judgment, Immigration Minister Damian Green said:
‘Today’s judgment will have no impact on the permanent limit on non-European workers the government will introduce next April.
‘This ruling is about process, not policy – the policy of having a limit has not been found to be unlawful.
‘The court’s ruling rests on a technicality. We will set this right in the next few days to ensure we can continue to operate an interim limit.
‘We remain firmly committed to reducing net migration to the tens of thousands, and will continue to do everything in our power to prevent a rush of applications before our more permanent measures are in place.’ Ends.
As expected the government will press ahead with its plans to limit non-EU immigration to the ‘tens of thousands’ rather than the ‘hundreds of thousands’.
The news will disappoint employers, particularly in the care sector, hoping that their CoS allocation would be restored enabling them to employ the workers they need for job vacancies which have been unable to fill from within the EU labour market.
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