The British prime minister set out plans to further tighten rules for skilled workers from outside the European Union (EU), which involves anyone employing a non-EU worker to be expected to pay 2,000 pounds for each worker every year.
This amount doubles the “Skills Charge” of 1,000 pounds already in force.
Non-EU migrants will also be made to pay more for using the state-run National Health Service (NHS).
“It is right that we want to bring net migration down to sustainable levels because of the impact uncontrolled migration has on people and public services… We want to increase the Skills Charge because that money can then be put into training people here to be able to take those jobs while we still have a system that brings in the brightest and best into the country,” May said
According to the most recent UK Home Office figures, Indian nationals accounted for 53,575 or 57 per cent of skilled work visas granted in 2016, with US nationals the next largest group at 9,348.
“We will increase the earnings thresholds for people wishing to sponsor migrants for family visas. We will toughen the visa requirements for students, to make sure that we maintain high standards
“We will expect students to leave the country at the end of their course, unless they meet new, higher requirements that allow them to work in Britain after their studies have concluded.”
Overseas students will remain in the immigration 55 statistics in line with international definitions and within scope of the government’s policy to reduce annual net migration.
The Conservative party’s tough stance on immigration reaffirms a previous pledge to cut net migration to the tens of thousands.
May’s attempt to highlight issues beyond Brexit and incorporates major changes to the country’s social care system as well as efforts to pump in an extra 4 billion pounds into the schools system by 2022.