UKIP’s agenda’s addresses immigration in its entirety such as promises to ‘take back control of key policy areas such as immigration and border controls, abolish freedom of movement, and set annual migration targets, and proposed a moratorium on unskilled and low-skilled immigration for five years after the UK leaves the EU.As for the post-Brexit immigration system, it plans for a ‘fair, balanced migration’ and guarantees the rights of ‘law-abiding EU citizens’ to stay indefinitely. EU nationals who entered after the 29th March 2017 will not, however, have an automatic right to stay.
It further touches upon the to establish a Migration Control Commission and set a target to reduce net migration to zero, over a five year period and desires to introduce an ‘Australian-style points-based system such as social attitudes of migration applicants. In addition it wishes to introduce a new ‘international visa system’ based on four types of visa:
Work visas giving priority for highly skilled workers with a job offer earning over £30,000 per annum, in Family reunion visas the European Economic Area (EEA) family permit scheme will be abolished and replaced with a ‘primary purpose rule’ a Tourist and visitor visas would be granted for up to 12 months and Student visas.
UK pledges to require ‘employers to advertise jobs to British citizens before they offer them overseas, ensure that employers are legally free to choose to hire a young unemployed British person under the age of 25 ahead of a better qualified or more experienced foreign applicant, restrict non-urgent NHS care to ‘British citizens or foreign nationals who have paid UK taxes for at least five consecutive years, require non-UK nationals to provide ‘evidence of comprehensive medical insurance before being allowed to enter Britain’, it even expects new migrants to make tax and national insurance contributions for at least five consecutive years before they become eligible to claim UK benefits and would only allow individuals on Work Visas to apply for British citizenship after five years if they have worked, paid tax, and had medical insurance and provide no amnesty for illegal immigrants, and lastly bust the most important one to remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.
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