Sajid Javid will ease a cap on foreign medics working in the UK to allow the NHS to recruit more staff
The new Home Secretary will remove doctors and nurses from the annual 20,700 ‘tier 2’ visa limit on non-EU workers.
Other employers will be able to recruit an extra 8,000 skilled migrants a year, including IT experts, engineers and teachers, effectively raising the cap by 40 per cent.
Mr Javid is expected to announce tomorrow that health workers from outside the EU will be exempt from the ‘tier 2’ visa cap to help the NHS fill staff shortages.
Businesses will also be given a higher allocation, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The move marks Mr Javid’s first major intervention on migration policy and a significant softening of the Government’s position on non-EU migration since Theresa May became Home Secretary in 2010.
But sources made clear that there are no plans to drop Mrs May’s target for bringing net annual immigration below 100,000.
The NHS is facing a staffing crisis and Mr Javid is set to try to stop a drain of staff before and after Brexit
Mr Javid is believed to favour a vision of Britain as a global country, open to business from beyond the EU after Brexit.
It is understood that Mrs May was persuaded to support a ‘time-limited’ exemption for doctors and nurses after Cabinet ministers wrote to her backing Mr Javid’s plan.