London: Highly skilled Indian migrants will now be able to work in the UK for up to a year as per the newly proposed post-Brexit immigration rules. There is no cap on the number of workers to come to the UK. Thus the post-Brexit rules suggest a complete overhaul of Britain’s immigration system in the last 40 years.
A white paper was reportedly published on Wednesday by UK home secretary Sajid Javid which declared the overhaul of the cap on the number of work visas issued. As per the new rules, workers will be permitted to stay in UK based on their skills and talent and not based on where they come from. A report by Times of India quoted Javid, the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, as saying “We are taking a skills-based approach to ensure we can attract the brightest and best migrants to the UK.” He added that the move is the biggest change to Britain’s immigration system in a generation as the current dual system admits only highly skilled and workers of all skills from outside the European Union (EU). A short-term workers scheme is mentioned in the white paper which permits low-skilled workers to work in UK for a period of 12 months.
The post-Brexit immigration rule would last till 2025 and aims to boost the economy which relies on overseas labour, stated a report by BBC News. Javid did not commit to an annual salary threshold for EU immigrants – a highly contested proposal – but stated an estimated sum of around 30,000 pounds (USD 38,000).
Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to end free movement of people from Europe, saying that this was one of the main reasons that Britons voted to leave the European Union in a 2016 referendum. The immigration proposals are aimed at winning over Brexit hardliners who have resisted voting in favour of the deal that May has struck with EU leaders.
(With Agency inputs)