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Priti Patel updates immigration rules, says there’s “no route” for “low-skilled” key workers

The Home Office has updated the guidance for its post-Brexit immigration policy, saying there won’t be a route for key workers who don’t meet salary or “skill” thresholds.

Yesterday, the government decided to “clarify” its immigration guidance for “lower-skilled” workers. Announced a few months ago by Home Secretary Priti Patel, the policy will come into effect from 2021.

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In relation to “lower-skilled” migrants, the guidance insists:

“There will not be an immigration route specifically for those who do not meet the skills or salary threshold for the skilled worker route.”

This may include nurses, postmen, bus drivers and many others who are currently deemed to be “key workers,” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Patel has made this decision, even after automatically extending the visa applications of NHS staff who would have seen their immigration status expire before October.

The Home Secretary recognises that foreign workers are essential now, but is willing to dump them whenever she thinks they’re surplus to requirements.

No wonder Patel is so keen to hide from scrutiny.

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