A temporary cut off point on the amount of people from outside Europe who can work in the United Kingdom has come to effect..
The newly introduced cut off limit by David Cameron’s government will operate until March 2011 when a permanent limit on allowable workers into the UK outside of Europe comes into effect.
The government is in consultation as to what the permanent limit should be and by next year March there is likelihood that the government would have arrived at a permanent figure limit.
Immigration minister Damian Green said: ‘The interim measures we have put in place will ensure that the number of work visas issued will stay below 2009 levels while we consult on our tough new limit”.
She continued:’Alongside our limits will be action to get people back to work and provide business with the skills they need from the British workforce — reducing the need for migrants at the same time as we reduce their number.’
Under the interim limit, the number of highly skilled people without a job offer entering the country is 5,400. To raise standards in this category of the government’s points-based system, the pass mark for eligibility will rise by five points.
Meanwhile, the number of skilled migrants allowed to enter the country with a job offer is 18,700.
These figures equate to a five percent reduction when compared to the same period last year.
By next year a consultation with business experts and analysts will help determine a permanent limit.
The Home Secretary has also asked the Migration Advisory Committee, the government’s independent adviser on migration issues, to launch a separate consultation looking at social and economic impacts.