Immigration Minister Damian Green has responded to a House of Commons report, saying that it highlights exactly why the government is making radical changes to the immigration system.
The Public Accounts Committee report into the government’s points-based system looked at how the UK Border Agency keeps track of migrants, and whether the different visa routes into the UK work sufficiently.
It also examined the intra-company transfer (ICT) visa route under Tier 2 of the points-based system, which allows multinational businesses to fill temporary skills gaps by bringing their existing foreign staff to the UK.
Since the committee’s investigation last year, the new government has overhauled the system, with tough enforcement against rule-breakers and a shake-up of the work and student routes into the country.
Damian Green said:
‘This report demonstrates why the immigration system needs radical reform.
‘This government has already introduced an annual limit on economic migrants, including a significant tightening of the ICT rules, and sweeping changes to the student visa system. Later this year we will propose a shake-up of the family and settlement route.
‘I want enforcement and compliance to be the cornerstone of our immigration system, and we are making it more difficult for people to live in the UK illegally by taking action against employers that flout our rules.
‘Any employers found to be abusing our immigration system risk losing their license to sponsor any migrant workers.’