Home Secretary Sajid Javid is tomorrow expected to announce a major easing in the UK’s immigration policy that would favour the arrival of non-EU workers rather than of EU ones.
For the first time since Theresa May was appointed Home Secretary in 2010, Britain will lift the cap of non-EU immigration for certain categories of workers.
The number of skilled workers currently allowed within the UK every year is capped at 20,700, with a fixed number of spaces available each month.
Mr Javid’s plan will enable businesses and employers to recruit an extra 8,000 people every year from key professions including IT experts, engineers and teachers, effectively increasing the cap by 40 percent.
This is going to be a huge relief for trusts up and down the country who have been really struggling to fill their doctors and nurses vacancies
The move will also be beneficial to the NHS, as Mr Javid is also to announce foreign doctors and nurses from outside the EU will be excluded from the cap over “tier 2″ visa, the permit issued to skilled workers.
Mr Javid is also expected to announce the first review in five years of the professions qualifying for visas.
Cabinet ministers including Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, Greg Clark, the Business Secretary and Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, are all in support of the plan, according to the Telegraph.
The case was made by previous Home Secretary Amber Rudd, but was ignored.
Sajid Javid is expected to announce a major easing in the UK’s immigration policy tomorrow
Theresa May was appointed Home Secretary in 2010
And the plan has already been greeted by NHS bosses.
Saffron Cordery, of trade body NHS Providers, called the change “the right decision”.
She said: “This is going to be a huge relief for trusts up and down the country who have been really struggling to fill their doctors and nurses vacancies.”
Alp Mehmet, of pressure group Migration Watch, said he accepted the change but warned the UK should focus on looking for long-term solution to tackle the need of skilled workers.
“What we must not forget to do is train our own medical staff.”
NHS chiefs have welcomed the new immigration plan
He added the UK should not “raid other countries that need doctors and nurses a great deal more than we do”.
But in a letter to Mrs May where he pushed for his plan to be supported, Mr Javid would have already highlighted that the ultimate aim of the government is to train more British skilled workers, the Telegraph understood.
He would have also highlighted that the cap has been breached in every month since December, urging him to find a short-term solution.
This new immigration policy would go hand in hand with Boris Johnson’s vision of Brexit.
The Foreign Secretary had argued in the past that the purpose of Brexit shouldn’t be an indiscriminate cut on immigration but the ability to choose who can cross the British borders.