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Government publishes White Paper on future immigration system

19 December 2018

FPC will be participating in the stakeholder engagement as the Government consults on the Immigration White Paper over the coming 12 months. 

We will be briefing members in the New Year on how you can get involved and how you can support your industry in lobbying for a system which works for the UK fresh produce industry.

The new immigration system will introduce a new route for skilled workers which favours experience and talent over nationality. It will enable employers to have access to the skills they need from around the world, while ensuring net migration is reduced to sustainable levels.

The White Paper proposals will, in line with the recommendations made by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC):

  • remove the annual cap on the number of work visas issued
  • widen the skills threshold to include people with qualifications equivalent of A levels
  • end the requirements for labour market tests by employers wanting to sponsor a worker.

There will also be a new route for workers at any skill level for a temporary period. This will allow all businesses to have the staff they need as the UK moves to the new immigration system but ensure they have the incentive to train young people in the future.

The 12-month visa will provide access to the labour market, but no access to benefits. People arriving on this route will not be able to bring family members with them, won’t accrue rights to settle in the UK and will have a 12-month cooling off period once their visa expires. These proposals will be discussed with business as part of the extensive engagement programme planned.

The Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill ends free movement and creates the legal framework for the future borders and immigration system. It also creates the legal framework for a future, single benefits system that will apply to both EU and non-EU nationals and maintains the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland.

The new immigration and borders system will be implemented in a phased approach from 2021 following an extensive 12-month programme of engagement with businesses, stakeholders and the public by the Home Office.

There are some key points relating to low skill roles and temporary labour which need to be aware of – you can find these key points here, taken from the summary paper.

For more information, read the White Paper and the executive summary

FPC will be participating in the stakeholder engagement and is keen to hear your views on the White Paper.

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