On 19 February the Home Office published its “single departmental plan” which describes its priority objectives for 2015 to 2020. One of the priority objectives is to control immigration. Below we set out some of the highlights of how the Government proposes to control immigration including the steps it has already taken.

  1. The “ambition” remains to reduce net migration to tens of thousands – as part of this the Migration Advisory Committee was commissioned to advise on changes to Tier 2. Please click here for our summary of the MAC’s recommendations.
  2. The Home Office has developed an illegal working strategy that seeks to improve employer compliance and will also be taking a multi-agency enforcement action against employers that abuse the system.
  3. Non-EEA family members of EEA nationals – the requirement for non-EEA spouses to join EEA citizens will be toughened to include an income threshold and English language test.
  4. Family – an English language requirement is to be introduced for those seeking an extension of stay under the family route, at a higher level than that required on entry.
  5. Tier 4 – the sponsor system is to be reviewed and targeted sanctions introduced for any colleges or businesses that fail to ensure that migrants comply with the terms of their visa. There is also promise of further clampdowns on the number of “satellite campuses” opened in London by universities located elsewhere in the UK.

For the full report, please click here