`First look for people out of work and already in the country’
6th April 2011: As the annual immigration cap for workers from outside the EU comes into force, Immigration Minister Damian Green has made it clear that firms should look to hire unemployed Britons.
Green said they have made clear that as the recovery continues, they need employers to look first to people who are out of work and who are already in this country.
Green said they were overhauling all routes of entry to tackle abuses, make the system more effective and bring net migration back down to the tens of thousands.
The immigration minister has also claimed the new system was designed in consultation with business.
Entrepreneurs and investors could play a major part in the economic recovery and he wanted to do everything he could to ensure that Britain remains an attractive destination for them.
Last year they issued far too few visas to those who wished to set up a business or invest in the UK. Green said he intend to change that.
Prospective workers would need to have a graduate level job, speak intermediate English and meet specific salary requirements before being able to work in the UK. Anyone earning more than £150,000 would not be subject to the limit.