IMMIGRATION from the EU will fall by 80 per cent after Brexit under proposals set to be announced by home secretary Sajid Javid.
The government’s long-delayed white paper, now expected next week, will include a plan to cut net EU migration from 74,000 to between 10,000 and 25,000 within six years.
Highly skilled migrants will face no new restrictions but others will have to find a job paying £30,000 a year if they want to stay.
The number of low-skilled EU migrants is expected to fall from 40,000 a year to almost nothing, and those applying will require short-term visas — only available to those from countries with a ‘low risk of immigration abuse’.
A source told The Sunday Times: ‘We are going to take full control over who can come to the UK, prioritising those with the skills the UK needs rather than on the basis of which country they come from.’
Overseas students will be given six months of study leave and allowed to apply for a skilled worker visa three months before courses end.
The newspaper also reported Mr Javid (pictured) will try to move away from Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ for migrants and towards a ‘fair and transparent compliant environment’.
The government has never disowned its promise, first made in 2010, to reduce total net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’. But annual immigration from outside the EU surged to a 14-year high last month — 248,000.