Home Secretary Amber Rudd today announced major changes to the
immigration system during her speech to Conservative Party
Her speech was part of the Conservatives' 'Social
Reforms' package, which recognised that "recent levels of
immigration motivated a large part of the vote" to leave the
European Union. Rudd also added that the Conservative Government
was elected to deliver the net migration target of 'tens of
thousands' – a sustainable level target that will
"not be easy" but "committed to delivering
The Home Secretary announced:
A new, tougher, Resident
Labour Market Test will be introduced to make it harder
for businesses to recruit from abroad. The Home Secretary said the
current system is just a 'tick box exercise' and does not
incentivise British companies to invest in the local
The Tier 4 visa will
be overhauled once again. This time overseas students will have to
prove the quality of their degree, their ability to undertake the
course, and future prospective employability. Furthermore,
sponsorship licenses may be restricted to certain
EU migrants with
offending histories will be deported. Those who have committed
multiple minor crimes will also be deported. Re-entry will be
denied for between 5 and 10 years.
Introduction of a new
'Controlling Migration Fund' which
will ease pressure on public services in areas with high migration.
The fund will be Ł140million and comes with provisions to
stop irregular migration, rough sleeping, and tackling rogue
landlords. It will also help setup English language courses for
legal migrants who need assistance.
It might also be of interest that the Home Secretary
From December 2016
landlords' provisions in the Immigration Act
2016 will come into force. Landlords who rent out property to
irregular migrants will now be considered as a criminal offence
that could lead to imprisonment.
From December 2016 taxi drivers will
now need to go through immigration checks to gain license to drive
The Home Secretary reiterated her commitment to reducing net
migration to 'tens of thousands' and warned that the
government will not be taking a different approach to the current
A new Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) will have an impact on
the ability of business to recruit from abroad. We will look
closely at the proposals once they are published. The government is
likely to look at toughening-up how the current tests are carried
out by expecting firms to carry out more rigorous domestic
recruitment processes and produce evidence of exhausting all
avenues of recruiting locally. We are now going into a Government
The government has a long-term plan to reduce migration from the
EU and some of the low hanging fruits, such as deporting foreign
nationals with criminal pasts, is the first step of many new
measures to be announced over the next 6 months.
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