06 December 2007

Home Secretary talks about new UK immigration rules

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The Home Secretary announced changes to the UK immigration system in a major speech at the London School of Economics yesterday. Jacqui Smith outlined the government's plans to control immigration while supporting the shared values of the British community.

"Migration brings great social and economic benefits to this country. But people expect it to be managed robustly and in support of Britain's national interests. That's why we're launching the countdown to our new Points Based System which will begin in less than 100 days," Ms Smith said.

The new system aims to be flexible enough to meet the economic needs of employers in the UK, while strengthening requirements that migrants will genuinely contribute to Britain. Applicants will have to earn points for their skills and the potential they show for economic success, competence in English language and ability to support themselves and their dependents.

A new independent Migration Advisory Committee will be established alongside the Australian-style points based system.

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