The Mayor of London has asked the UK Prime Minister to provide the power to City Hall to fast-track the process of visa for immigrants who are intending to work in London.
Speaking at an event conducted by London Chambers of Commerce and Industry on 29 July 2019, Sadiq Khan told London needs to be given its devolved authorities to fast-track the skilled immigrants into the businesses in which there are labor deficits. As CityAM details, the Mayor also asked for the minimum threshold income for skilled immigrants to be changed.
Presently, non-EU immigrants need to prove that they will earn minimum £30,000 in a year to obtain the visa. Below the government's present plans, that threshold will also appeal to citizens of EU post Brexit.
Khan is requesting on the UK Prime Minister to change the threshold down to £21,000, which is equal to the London Living standard Wage.
The influence on the construction sector could make the housing crisis more critical. The influence on public services, along with our schools and the NHS, could have disastrous results for years to come.
The new Prime Minister should preferably fully recognize the positive influence of freedom of movement and immigration has had in London and also in the UK and quickly take steps to improve the UK immigration system in a way that allows us to open the Londoners potential.
Businesses have also criticized the present visa system. In June, the tech trade body of the UK claimed two latest visa schemes designed to bring talent were "not fit for goal."
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