A new immigration system based on your talents, not where you come from.
When Britain leaves the EU, we will end free movement of people. We’ll honour the referendum result, and we want a deal that secures control of our borders.
We’ll replace free movement with a single, controlled immigration system based on people’s skills, not where they come from.
For the first time in decades, it will be our country that chooses who comes and works here.
We’ve already got to work. We’ve tightened the rules for people getting benefits and using public services without paying in.
We introduced the immigration health surcharge so that newly arrived migrants contribute to the running of our NHS, and we limited access to benefits for migrants and stopped people sending benefits home.
📢 We're introducing a new skills-based immigration system that ends free movement.🔵#CPC18 pic.twitter.com/tcm9QjtTgd
➡️ For the first time in decades, this country will control and choose who we want to come here.
➡️ A system that looks across the globe & attracts people with the skills we need.
— Conservatives (@Conservatives) 2 October 2018
Our new system will be skills-based. We’ll look for talent across the globe, attracting the people with skills that we need.
We’ll make sure our immigration system is fair to ordinary working people. Low skilled immigration will be brought down, setting the UK on the path to reduce immigration to sustainable levels.
At the same time we are training up British people for the jobs of the future.
While our new immigration system won’t give EU citizens any automatic priority over immigrants from other parts of the world, we've been clear that we will protect the rights of EU citizens who are already living in the UK.
We value their contributions to our country, and we want them to stay. That’s why when we leave the EU, we’ll guarantee their rights to live and work in the UK.