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Migrant Workers: India

Home Office written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Labour/Co-operative, Harrow West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) IT businesses and (b) restaurants attract skilled workers from India after the transition period; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

On 19 February the Government published a policy statement outlining the principles of the UK’s Points-Based Immigration System, for introduction from January 2021. The system will ensure we are able to attract the brightest and best people globally. It will be based on the skills and talents which people can bring rather than their nationality.

We welcome genuine visitors from all over the world and will continue our generous visitor provisions but with simplified rules and guidance.

The creation of the Graduate route clearly demonstrates the Government's support for our education sector and adds further value to our world-beating offer for international students. This is reflected in the number of sponsored Tier 4 student applications from Indian nationals increasing by 93% in the year ending December 2019; the highest level since 2011.

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