* only 1/4 people want reductions in skilled or student migration: cross-referendum consensus
* support for controls/reductions in lower & semi-skill migration. Yet recognise pragmatic case for too
* MAC recommend removing tier 2 skilled migration cap entirely
* Policy more open to non-EU skilled migration than now. A popular move with NHS, tech, law, finance, academia.
* would add to non-EU net migration (well above 100k on its own). Hence why not done 2010-16
MAC mooted extending 2 year youth mobility visas (under-30s).
Govt considered 11-month visa (cooking books) & may now propose 12-month work visas (unrenewable). Concerns re churn, integration, enforcement & productivity.
Brexit deal would have a transition to Dec 2020 (may extend to 2022).
Deal or no deal, EU nationals wd have 21 months to register for settled status. (Govt is reluctant to acknowledge this makes new 2019 controls unenforceable).
* Cap on tier 2 skills to go
* 1st reading to Immigration & Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, Thursday.
* 'extensive consultation' on £30k threshold after Cabinet row
* tier 2 quota abolished
* 12 month visas, can not be renewed for a year, below threshold
* reduce to sustainable levels, but PM wish to repeat 'tens of thousands' target vetoed
* confirmation that govt has not yet decided on £30k threshold, or picked the number, prior to consulting.
* Also that govt plans to propose some lower thresholds, arising from shortage occupations review.