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Boris Johnson unveils post-Brexit clampdown on low-skilled migrants moving to the UK

Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to clampdown on low-skilled migrants moving to the UK by introducing an Australian-style points system.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the plans would bring 'overall immigration down'.

The Conservatives have announced that they would allocate points on a range of different criteria which effectively put people into three categories. 

The first category in the proposed plan, 'fast-track entry', will be given to entrepreneurs, investors and those who have received awards in a qualifying field and have been endorsed as a recognised or emerging leader.

Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to clampdown on low-skilled migrants moving to the UK by introducing an Australian-style points system. Pictured: Boris Johnson yesterday

There would be no cap on numbers for people entering at this level.

The second category encompasses skilled workers - such as doctors, nurses and other health professionals - who have a confirmed job offer.

Those eligible for the NHS visa will receive fast-track entry and reduced fees.

The third category involves sector-specific rules-based schemes which would apply for low or unskilled workers to meet labour market shortages, such as for seasonal agricultural workers.

A digital immigration status will be introduced for all migrants beyond 2022 which would allow for improved enforcement and make it easier for migrants to prove their status.

The first category, 'fast-track entry', will be given to entrepreneurs, investors and those who have received awards in a qualifying field and have been endorsed as a recognised or emerging leader. Pictured: Mr Johnson playing football in Cheadle Hume, Cheshire yesterday

All visas would be time-limited, in-country switching would be allowed and all migrants would have to pay a health surcharge for every year of their visa unless they gain settled status.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), meanwhile, would be required to produce an annual report to advise on how to lower overall immigration, meet the needs of the UK economy and improve the country's productivity.

The Conservatives have said they will immediately set up a formal exchange programme with the Australian and Canadian governments to share best practice during the development of the system.

And they have pledged to appoint an expert implementation group to ensure the rollout of the new system. 

Priti Patel said the Tories would create a 'fairer system' which would attract the 'brightest and the best from around the world' while getting immigration down.

The Conservatives have announced that they would allocate points on a range of different criteria which effectively put people into three categories. Pictured: Boris Johnson pictured yesterday

She said: 'The vote to leave the EU was a vote to take back control of our borders, and that is exactly what a Conservative majority government will do by getting Brexit done and ending freedom of movement.

'Immigration will finally be subject to democratic control. We will be able to create a fairer system, which will attract the brightest and the best from around the world to come here and contribute to our society and economy, while getting overall immigration down.

'Corbyn's Labour want uncontrolled and unlimited immigration, placing huge strain on public services like our NHS.'

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