They do not need to have a job or demonstrate they have skills which the UK economy needs. If an EEA/Swiss citizen moves to the UK they are also entitled to bring their family with them.
EU law states that ‘Previous criminal convictions shall not in themselves constitute grounds for [deporting people].’ Under these laws, Britain has been prevented from deporting murderers, rapists, and other violent criminals.
They can even claim child benefit for children that are not in the UK.
This will allow us to deliver on the referendum result and take back control of our borders.
We will end the preferential treatment of EEA-migrants so that we can attract the brightest and the best from all over the world.
The system will be based upon principles of fairness and contribution – giving priority to those who:
The Migration Advisory Committee has also been commissioned to review the salary thresholds for the future immigration system. It will report to the government by January 2020 on both and we will consider its advice.
The will be a small number of exceptions, including high skilled scientists and those who want to come and start a business in the UK.
We will work with leading organisations such as the Royal Society to create a new global talent visa route for those who can drive scientific progress and benefit public services like our NHS.
When we don’t know who is coming in and out of our country, and who has a right to be here, it can have terrible consequences for families – as the Windrush scandal showed. We will continue to right the wrongs faced by the Windrush generation and ensure that something like that can never happen again.
We cannot currently automatically reject EEA migrants with criminal convictions. This will end. If people abuse our hospitality by committing crimes, we will remove them.
We will also develop a long-term and coherent approach to address the abhorrent exploitation and trafficking of vulnerable people by international criminal gangs.
That is why we have guaranteed their rights with the EU Settlement Scheme free of charge, which we will also put into law at the earliest opportunity. Over 1.9 million EEA/Swiss citizens have received settled or pre-settled status so far.
International students who have successfully completed a degree from a trusted UK university or higher education provider will be able to stay in the UK for two years to find work.This will attract more talented international students to the UK to allow them to gain valuable work experience as they go on to build successful careers.
It will provide a three to five-year work visa with a fast-track decision, a larger dedicated advice service for applicants, and reduced upfront fees.
As part of our long-term plan for the NHS, this means there is no restriction on the numbers of highly skilled doctors and nurses who can be employed through the Tier 2 visa route.
We imposed tougher rules on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK, limited access to benefits for migrants and stopped people sending benefits home. We also introduced measures to prevent illegal immigrants from accessing public services like our NHS, as well as housing, driving licences and bank accounts.
We have introduced sanctions on illegal workers and rogue employers, who often take advantage of vulnerable migrants, and made it easier and quicker to remove people with no right to be here.