A “firmer, fairer and simpler” immigration regime is needed ministers say.
The bill is part of the move towards the Government’s new points-based immigration system, which they hope to introduce in 2021 after the transition period out of the EU ends in December 2020.
The bill, called the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, will be harried in the Commons today before going through the parliamentary process and then a final verdict later in time.
Home Secretary Priti Patel described the new system as “firmer, fairer and simpler”.
Ms Patel said the new law gives the UK “full control of our immigration system for the first time in decades and the power to determine who comes to this country.”
“It will attract the people we need to drive our economy forward and lay the foundation for a high wage, high skill, high productivity economy,” she continued.
The bill will explain the future system for EU and non-EU nationals who move to the UK after the Brexit transition period ends in December 2020 and also ultimately decides who can and cannot enter the nation.
A YouGov poll, for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), suggested 54% of Britons would support loosening immigration restrictions for workers who were defined as essential during the crisis.
The Government’s list of critical workers includes people in the food production and processing industry, such as delivery drivers, those working in waste disposal and more.
In February, the Government announced proposals for the new system, with points awarded for specific requirements such as being able to speak English to a certain level, having a job offer from an approved employer and meeting a salary threshold of £25,600.
Other points could be awarded for vital qualifications and if there is a shortage in a particular jobset.
A visa allowing doctors and nurses from foreign nations to work in the NHS was introduced in at the start of the lockdown.