After almost two years of delay, the government have published their vision for post-Brexit immigration in a 164 page White Paper.
Positive progress was made with further consultation on level of the salary threshold, ambition to make the system less bureaucratic for employers and lifting the cap on skilled visas. But serious concerns remain over the proposed 12-month temporary route for lower-skilled workers and retention of the £1,000 per worker, per year charge on employers.
The CBI has analysed the contents of the white paper to provide business' perspective. This analysis includes a Red, Amber, Green (RAG) rating and summary of the key proposals for business.
Key policy issues include:
- 12-month temporary visa for lower-skilled labour
- Reform of employer sponsorship and making the visa system digital
- Trade deals and business visitors
- Local impact of immigration
- Regional flexibility
- Lowering skills threshold