Tory immigration plan sees crackdown on low-skilled workers with time-limited visas


THE Conservatives’ new immigration system will be set up to attract the brightest and the best from around the globe to Britain.

But crucially, the points-based system will stem the flow of unskilled migrants to Britain and will end their right to permanent residence with time-limited visas. It comes amid revelations that Labour will keep the door wide open for uncontrolled immigration by continuing with free movement with the EU. Home Secretary Priti Patel, whose family came to Britain from Uganda, said: “The vote to leave the EU was a vote to take back control of our borders, and that is exactly what a Conservative majority government will do by getting Brexit done and ending freedom of movement. 

“Immigration will finally be subject to democratic control. 

“We will be able to create a fairer system, which will attract the brightest and the best from around the world to come here and contribute to our society and economy, while getting overall immigration down. 

“Labour want uncontrolled and unlimited immigration, placing huge strain on public services like our NHS.” 

The Tory plans will see migrants put into three categories with those defined as “exceptional” in talent or contribution to be given automatic right of entry with no cap on numbers. 

Meanwhile, skilled workers – those who meet the criteria of the points-based system and have a confirmed job offer, will be allowed in. 

Special groups within this category – such as our NHS Visa – will also receive fast-track entry and reduced fees. 

Finally unskilled workers for sectors such as agriculture and construction will be allowed in on time-limited visas but with no ongoing ability to get permanent residence. 

Free movement in Europe will be replaced with an electronic travel authorisation. 

This means Britain will be able to screen all prospective migrants on the basis of previous criminality, and bar those with serious convictions from coming here. 

The Conservatives also want to improve transparency on migration by ensuring that the Migration Advisory Committee publish a report via an annual letter to the Home Secretary on the aim of getting immigration down but also on any gaps in the labour market which may need to be filled. 

A new digital immigration status due to be in place by 2022 will ensure that can monitor the impact of migration on specific communities in terms of pressure on local services. 

The comprehensive reforms proposed by Boris Johnson contrast with Labour’s plans to keep free movement with the EU. 

In the past Jeremy Corbyn dismissed concerns about mass migration as “narrow minded”. 

According to new analysis, 50 candidates, including frontbenchers such as Clive Lewis, have said “open the borders and let them in”. 

Another 15 candidates are signatories to the Labour Campaign for Freedom of Movement, whose express desire is to “defend and extend” freedom of movement. 

The campaign also calls for an end to any restrictions on migrants access to public services and Brexit. 

Along with Mr Lewis, other key Labour candidates who have praised uncontrolled immigration are senior Scottish Labour member Ian Murray, who said free movement was something to “cherish and celebrate”. 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who is defending a seat in Brighton, said free movement needed defending and “expanding”. 

Dr Adrian Heald, Labour’s candidate for Mid Norfolk, opposed “restricting borders”. 

Former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw, defending Exeter, opposed “restrictions” on free movement. 

Florence Eshalomi, Labour’s candidate for Vauxhall who replaced Brexiteer Kate Hoey, said she wants to “protect” free movement. 

Security minister Brandon Lewis said: “These comments by Corbyn and 50 Labour candidates lay bare Labour’s open-door approach to immigration. Under Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party immigration would be uncontrolled and unlimited, putting our hospitals, schools and police services at risk.” 


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