UK to cut student and skilled worker visas

Boy does that sound like a country that is going places. This odd conservative obsession with foreigners is odd since more people emigrate from the UK than immigrate. And really, who doesn’t want educated, skilled workers to help grow a troubled economy? The Independent:

The number of visas issued to foreign students will be cut by up to 120,000 in an effort to achieve David Cameron’s pledge of a dramatic fall in immigration.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, announced plans yesterday to impose a limit of 21,700 next year on the total of skilled non-European workers allowed to move to Britain. But she excluded staff who transfer jobs with the same employers to Britain from the cap, bringing the total number of skilled workers to be admitted to the country next year to an estimated 35,000 to 40,000. That will be a modest reduction of 10,000 to 15,000 on the previous year, a fraction of the scale of cuts required to meet the Prime Minister’s target.

The Government’s focus is now turning to foreign students who represent some 60 per cent of the migrants coming to Britain. Mrs May signalled that in future visas would only be issued to students taking up degree courses.


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