The number of UK Visa approvals will be capped to prevent increases in migration.
25 February 2011
UK immigration rose by 36 per cent in 2010, figures show
New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the level of net migration into the UK rose by 36 per cent last year.
An estimated 572,000 people entered the UK on a long-term basis in the year to June 2010, while 346,000 emigrated permanently.
According to the ONS figures, net migration - which include asylum seekers and people whose decide to stay longer than originally intended - has been rising steadily since December 2008.
Ministers want to reduce net migration levels to the “tens of thousands” by 2015, by capping UK immigration from outside the European Union. This plan Labour says is "the worst of all worlds" as it will harm scientific research and fail to limit immigration from within the EU, which the UK has little control over.
Under the non-EU immigration cap, a total of 20,700 UK Visa places yearly will be into split into monthly allocations with a total of 4,200 available for the first month in April, with 1,500 each month after that. High earners and people entering the country on company transfers will be exempt.