LONDON, England, Friday October 21, 2016 – Caribbean nationals hoping to find work or study in Britain will have a harder time getting the green light, under an immigration crackdown announced by United Kingdom Home Security Amber Rudd.
Major new restrictions will prevent foreigners from taking up jobs that Britons can do, and significantly reduce the number of people being allowed into Britain to work and study.
Addressing the Conservative Party conference recently, Rudd said the Home Office would soon consult on a new student immigration system and on tightening the resident labour market test that companies have to pass before recruiting employees from overseas, as part of the drive to reduce net migration – which currently stands at 327,000 – to “sustainable levels”.
“The test should ensure people coming here are filling gaps in the labour market, not taking jobs British people could do,” she said.
She also announced that mandatory immigration status, including on those who apply for licences to drive taxis, would come into effect this December.
And the new drive to reduce the flow of overseas students from outside Europe – who account for 167,000 of the 600,000 new migrants each year – is to focus on linking student immigration rules to the quality of colleges and courses for the first time.
Rudd said the current system allows favourable employment prospects to all students, regardless of their talents and the university’s quality, when they stopped studying. She noted that while an international student was studying in Britain, their family members could do any form of work.
“And foreign students, even those studying English language degrees, don’t even have to be proficient in speaking English. We need to look at whether this one-size-fits-all approach really is right for the hundreds of different universities providing thousands of different courses across the country. And we need to look at whether this generous offer for all universities is really adding value to our economy,” she said.
The plans were condemned as “spectacularly ill-informed” and “an act of madness” by Paul Blomfield, co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on international students, the Guardian reported.