UK Government to cut back on all immigration, not just from EU

by Ray Clancy on May 18, 2017

The UK is set to get tough on immigration, not just from the European Union, but across all visa streams, the current Government has signalled.

Prime Minister Theresa May will cut immigration, sticking to a previous pledge to reduce it down to tens of thousands instead of the current 273,000 a year, if she wins the general election next month.


At the launch of her political party’s manifesto it was made clear that immigration is regarded as a major policy that needs changed. The manifesto documents says that when immigration it too high and too fast it is hard to build a ‘cohesive society’.

It states clearly that current rates of immigration are too high and policies will be brought into place to reduce it. These will include making companies who hire workers from overseas pay more to do so and both workers and students from abroad set to pay more for healthcare.

The immigration skills charge for some firms employing overseas workers will double to £2,000 a year per employee by 2022 and the revenue raised will be invested in training for British workers.

This is similar to immigration policy being introduced in Australia, which is seen as a way to encourage business to train domestic workers rather than seek skills from abroad.

There will also be an increase in the immigration health surcharge, to £600 for migrant workers and £450 for international students, to cover their use of the National Health Service.

A tough stance on immigration from the European Union is likely to be immediate, with curbs on workers arriving set to be in place for the day the UK leaves in April 2019.

May said that immigration is a challenge, but cutting the numbers coming from abroad is part of her vision for Britain after Brexit. She said that uncontrolled immigration affects jobs, depresses wages and puts pressure on services such as health and education.

She added that the aim is to have an immigration system that still allows the brightest and the best to be able to get visas to work in the UK, but without blocking out people with the necessary skills in Britain.

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