The UK does not require more middle managers or unskilled labour. You have to be bright and best, if you need to immigrate.
Immigration Minister Damian Green is expected to say Britain will only accept the "brightest and best" immigrants who "add to the quality of life". The assertion is expected to come as Green outlines Government plans to be more selective in its immigration policies. Green is expected to make it clear that the country does not require more middle managers or unskilled labour.
Time has come to create a distance from the deliberations over numbers and ask "how we can benefit from immigration?", he is expected to question during his speech at the Policy Exchange in central London.
Green will say bringing in migrants economically dependent on the state, or who can "play no role in the life of this country" is unacceptable. Instead "everyone who comes here must be selected to make a positive contribution".
He is also expected to announce the development of new specialist routes to further improve the visa system for short-term business visitors and entertainers, encouraging in the process world-class performers to come to Britain.
The inflow of students will be controlled as the Government focuses on ensuring they leave at the end of their visas, "reinforcing the notion that study is for a limited period", he is expected to assert.
Besides this, families wanting to settle in the UK will also come across tougher requirements and the connection between "coming to work and staying on permanently" will be broken.
"We need to know not just that the right numbers of people are coming here, but that the right people are coming here.
"People who will benefit Britain, not just those who will benefit by Britain.
"Whether you come here to work, study, or get married, we as a country are entitled to check that you will add to the quality of life in Britain….
"Britain does not need more migrant middle managers, any more than it needs unskilled labour.
"We do need top of the range professionals, senior executives, technical specialists, entrepreneurs and exceptional artistic and scientific talent," he will say.