Immigration White Paper

15 February 2019

The government published its long awaited white paper on immigration arrangements that will apply when free movement of EU workers ends following Brexit.

The proposals for a new skills-based immigration system, that will apply both to EU migrants and those from elsewhere, follow the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee and include:

  • removing the annual cap on the number of work visas that can be issued
  • widening the skills threshold to include migrants with A-level equivalent qualifications
  • ending the labour market test for employers wishing to sponsor a worker.

The government is to consult on what would be an appropriate salary threshold (currently £30,000 a year) for the skilled migrant route. There is also to be a new 12-month temporary work visa for workers of any skill level.