Priti Patel has revealed the UK's new points-based immigration system and post-Brexit visa rules - but care workers won't be able to get a fast-tracked rubber stamp.
The Home Secretary today outlined a new "firm but fair" approach that will focus on ensuring only the "brightest and best" come to the UK from 2021.
In a sweeping 130-page document, Ms Patel explained the new points-based system which comes into force from January next year.
Ms Patel said today: "At a time where an increased number of people across the UK are looking for work, the new points-based system will encourage employers to invest in the domestic UK workforce, rather than simply relying on labour from abroad.
Labour condemned the decision. Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, told the Commons he was “disappointed if, unfortunately, not shocked at the evidence, yet again, that this government does not consider carers to be skilled workers”.
Speaking at Home Office questions, he asked the home secretary, Priti Patel: “What does the government have against care workers?”
Kevin Foster, the junior Home Office minister who answered in place of Patel, said the care sector should end its reliance on overseas staff. He said: “People will look at what’s happened over the past few months and think that surely the vision for the social care sector is not to carry on looking abroad to recruit at or near the minimum wage, but we need to prioritise jobs in this country.”
“But we are also making necessary changes, so it is simpler for employers to attract the best and brightest from around the world to come to the UK to complement the skills we already have.
“Our new system sends a message to the whole world that Britain is open for business, but on our terms.”
Speaking today, the Prime Minister insisted it was not a blanket ban on people coming to Britain.
He said: "Of course we are going to be taking back control, and we are controlling our immigration system, but we are not going to be simply slamming the gates and stopping people coming into our country.
"We are going to have a humane and sensible system."
Priti Patel unveils new points based immigration system – but social care workers CAN’T get fast track visas
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