BRI­TAIN EYES MORE SKILLED WORK­ERS

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

LONDON Bri­tish Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid will an­nounce Thurs­day an im­mi­gra­tion over­haul that will en­able thou­sands more highly-skilled im­mi­grants to come to the U.K. in the runup to Brexit.

Busi­nesses and em­ploy­ers will be able to re­cruit an ex­tra 8,000 skilled im­mi­grants a year from other pro­fes­sions, in­clud­ing IT ex­perts, en­gi­neers and teachers, ef­fec­tively in­creas­ing the cap by 40 per cent.

The Home Sec­re­tary is ex­pected to an­nounce that for­eign doc­tors and nurses from out­side the EU will be ex­cluded from the “tier 2” visa cap to en­sure the NHS can at­tract the “bright­est and best” while giv­ing busi­ness a higher al­lo­ca­tion.

It will rep­re­sent Javid’s first ma­jor im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy and in­di­cates that min­is­ters are now pre­pared to project Bri­tain as a more global coun­try, open to busi­ness from be­yond the EU af­ter Brexit.

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