Department for Work and Pensions
Historic Immigration Bill returns to Parliament
- Also published by:
- Home Office
The bill takes back control of UK borders and paves the way for a new points-based immigration system.
The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2020 introduced on 5 March had its Second Reading in the House of Commons yesterday just 6 months since the British people voted to introduce a points-based immigration system.
This represents an important milestone in paving the way for the new immigration system that will deliver for the UK for years to come and puts an end to the European Union’s rules on free movement.
The bill signals the government’s commitment to delivering a fairer and skills led immigration system, attracting people based on the skills they have, not where they are from.
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel yesterday said:
This historic piece of legislation gives the UK full control of our immigration system for the first time in decades and the power to determine who comes to this country.
Our new points-based system is firmer, fairer, and simpler. It will attract the people we need to drive our economy forward and lay the foundation for a high wage, high skill, high productivity economy.
This is a once in a generation opportunity to build a future that works for the whole of the UK and for employers to focus on upskilling and investing in the workforce this country has.
This bill gives the UK flexibility and control over its borders so it can attract top talent from around the world to complement the skills already here.
Talented doctors, nurses and paramedics from all over the world are currently playing a leading role in the NHS’s efforts to fight coronavirus and save lives and we thank them – and all our NHS staff – for the work they are doing.
Our new immigration system will make it easier and quicker for medical professionals around the world to work in the NHS through a new fast-track NHS visa.
Further information on the points-based system will be detailed in the Immigration Rules published later in the year.
Latest News from
Department for Work and Pensions
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch20/05/2020 11:12:00
Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from 26 May.
Pension Credit claimants now able to apply online07/05/2020 12:15:00
Pensioners are now able to apply for Pension Credit online in a move to assist those who are self-isolating or shielding during the coronavirus pandemic.
Biggest number of new Universal Credit claims paid in a single day06/05/2020 16:48:00
More than 135,000 new claims were made to Universal Credit on 30 and 31 March 2020. People who claimed on these two days will receive payments today.
DWP's response to coronavirus (COVID-19)05/05/2020 14:20:00
The Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) yesterday made an oral statement to Parliament about the DWP's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ summit on COVID-1927/04/2020 13:38:00
On Thursday 23 April, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey attended an Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Furloughed workers to receive full parental leave entitlement27/04/2020 11:20:00
Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate.
New video service for deaf claimants accessing Universal Credit21/04/2020 08:10:00
Universal Credit claimants can now access British Sign Language interpreters as part of a free video relay service.
Universal Credit claimants to verify identity through Government Gateway17/04/2020 10:10:10
People applying for Universal Credit will now be able to use their existing Government Gateway account to confirm their identity, helping to speed up their claim.