Green aims for 'fewer and better' immigrants

30 Jan 2012 | Posted by Carl Thomas

In the future, applicants for UK work permits might want to make sure they are on top of their game before attempting to gain access to the country.

This is in light of comments from the UK immigration minister Damian Green. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Mr Green released some scraps of information regarding the government's planned “selective” immigration policy.

The changes will see investors, entrepreneurs and world-class performer and academics take poll position when it comes to accessing UK work permits in a bid to create a system that allows “fewer but better” immigrants to settle in the country.

“What we need is a system that ... goes out to seek those people who are either going to create jobs or wealth or add to the high-level artistic and cultural aspirations we have,” Mr Green expanded.

''Getting the number down is the absolute key but what I am aiming at is fewer and better.''

He added that the government is attempting to attract the brightest and the best talent from around the world to work with its existing businesses and to develop the country's entrepreneurial spirit.

The government has already implemented caps on the number of UK work permits that can be issued each year and there are an increasing number of requirements demanded of people seeking to move to Britain through the family or student route.

It is expected that Mr Green will clarify the further changes to the UK immigration system in the near future.