As part of Sajid Javid’s post Brexit immigration plans tens of thousands of low skilled migrants from the European Union will be free to travel to the UK to look for work until at least 2025. A new scheme has been set up to allow this to take place, this was announced as part of the plans revealed in the immigration white paper. This decision was made amid concerns that ending freedom of movement would have a damaging impact of British businesses.
The scheme will be open to all EU states and workers will be free to live and work in Britain for a year before being asked to leave for 12 months before applying again.It was revealed in a document published by the Home Secretary Sajid Javid detailing the UK’s new immigration policy after it leaves the European Union.It would come into effect after the end of the implementation period in December 2020 and set new rules aimed at cutting net migration to sustainable levels.
Mr Javid has said the policy will end freedom of movement and the new framework will allow migrants to enter the UK based on skills rather than nationality and end preferential treatment for EU nationals. An immigration bill will be tabled in Parliament on Thursday which will bring four key changes into UK law in time for Brexit day in March 2019, the Home Office said.
The four key changes include protecting the rights of Irish nationals in the UK, ending free movement, setting out a new framework for the UK’s immigration policy and aligning benefit rules after Brexit. There is still talks about whether skilled migrants should have to earn more than £30,000 before they qualify for the rich to work in the UK.
Current Post Brexit Rules:
- Those coming to the UK from the EU will be free to visit for up to six months without requiring a visa, although they will need an online document to prove they have the right to travel
- Skilled workers will have to secure a job offer before they arrive and have to have a minimum qualification of A-Level or above. There will be no cap on the number of people coming to the UK via this route, but ministers have launched a consultation to decide whether they should have to earn more than £30,000 in order to apply
- There will be a pilot scheme to ensure agricultural businesses do not suffer as a result of the tougher rules, which will allow them to bring in low-skilled workers on a temporary basis. It will not be open to other sectors.
- Graduates will be given six months to find work in the UK after they finish their studies. PhD students will have a year under new rules.
- A transitional scheme to allow low-skilled migration will be set up and reviewed in 2025. The government has also pledged to help businesses find alternative workers to replace those coming from EU states. This could also include increased use of machines and technology.