The governing Conservative-Liberal coalition in the UK has moved to limit immigration to 20th century levels with an immediate cap to prevent a rush of applications for work visas.
Immigration from without the EU will be limited following a 12 week consultation with business.
The UK government has already made moves to limit the ability of the spouses of British citizens to move to the UK. Spouses of citizens must now prove a minimum ability to use the English language before being allowed to settle in Britain.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, said: “I recognise the importance of attracting the brightest and the best to ensure strong economic growth, but unlimited migration places unacceptable pressure on public services”.
To avoid large numbers of applications between now and April next year, the Government will impose an interim limit which will take effect from 19 July 2010. The interim limits will ensure the number of work visas issued stays below 2009 levels.
These interim measures include:
- capping the number of Tier One migrants at current levels and raising the number of points needed by non-EU workers who come to do highly skilled jobs from 95 to 100; and
- limiting the number of certificates of sponsorship that licensed employers can issue to those who wish to come to fill skilled job vacancies. This will reduce the number of people entering through Tier Two by 1,300.
Submissions must be received before 7th September 2010.