Immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, has said that businesses could possible be charged with a £1,000 annual fine for every skilled EU migrant they employ after Brexit is finalized.
This charge will be applied for non-EU migrants in April, which businesses have already warned would damage economic growth.
Robert Goodwill, the immigration minister, has said that the government is considering hitting businesses with a £1,000 charge for every skilled EU migrant they bring in after Brexit. The charge will already be applied to non-EU citizens starting April.
Business leaders have already warned that applying the policy would damage economic growth in the country. This extension of the charge would cause an even larger collision with business leaders.
Mr Goodwill said: “We have made it clear we do wish to control the numbers coming in. At the same time let’s not forget that the Government is committed to training our own people.
“Many would suggest one of the reasons we have had to rely on labour coming in from both the EU and outside is because we haven’t had those skills for those people.
“I don’t think many people are aware that in April of this year we are bringing for non-EU workers coming into the UK an immigration skills charge.
“So if one wishes to bring in an Indian computer programmer on a four year contract on top of the existing visa charge there will be a fee of £1,000 per year. So for a four year contract that employer will need to pay £4,000.
“That’s something that currently applies to non-EU. That may be something that’s been suggested to us that could apply to EU.”
The immigration skills charge will be applied to tier 2 migrants, and a reduced charge will apply to “small and charitable sponsors.”