Plans to cut the number of low-skilled immigrants from Europe after Brexit outlined in a Home Office paper is expected to adversely impact the hospitality industry.
The 82-page document, leaked to The Guardian, marked as “extremely sensitive” and dated August 2017, outlines how the UK intends to deal with immigration and refocus policy to put British workers first.
It proposes measures to drive down the number of lower-skilled EU migrants, offering them residency for a maximum of only two years. Workers in “high-skilled occupations” will be granted permits to stay in the UK for a longer period of three to five years.
The document also describes a phased introduction to a new immigration system that ends the right to settle in Britain for most European migrants – and places tough new restrictions on their rights to bring in family members.
Showing a passport will be mandatory for all EU nationals wanting to enter Britain. A system of temporary biometric residence permits for all EU nationals coming into the UK after Brexit for more than a few months is also proposed.
The plan to end free movement from day one and drive down lower-skilled EU migration will please supporters of a hard Brexit.
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