On 19 December, we published an immigration White Paper on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system, intended to provide for a single sys-tem applicable to both EU and non-EU nationals, to be implemented after 2021. In this, we have proposed a new skilled worker route, which will not be capped, removed the requirement for employers to undertake a Resi-dent Labour Market Test for high skilled roles and committed to providing a simpler and more streamlined sponsorship system.
As we have been clear, the White Paper provides the basis for a national conversation. We are launching an extensive 12-month programme of engagement with UK-wide businesses and organisations on key proposals contained in the White Paper before making final policy decisions on these issues.
In the meantime, we have been clear that we want all EU nationals, including those working in the NHS, to stay in the UK after we leave. And for those making an important contribution from outside of the EU, we have implemented a number of preferential provisions within the current system specifically for nurses. This includes a change we made last July to exempt all non-EEA overseas nurses and all doctors needed in the UK from the Tier 2 annual cap, allowing them to be recruited into critical roles in the NHS without a restriction on their numbers.