EU migrants who wish to come to Britain after Brexit will have to earn at least £30,000 before being allowed to work, state plans due to be announced next week.
According to the proposal, which forms part of the delayed Immigration White Paper, skilled migrants will have to have a job offer before they can come to the UK for a five-year period.
Low skilled migrants meanwhile will be able to come to the UK on one-year visas on a ‘temporary’ basis as long as they have jobs.
Upon the expiry of their visas, they will be required to leave the country and won’t be able to apply to return until a ‘cooling off’ period of a year has passed.
The plans have reportedly caused a cabinet rift, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid preferring a more open approach to cheap foreign labour.
The Sun reported earlier in the month that Mr Javid did not want to be ‘rigid’ in setting a £30,000 salary threshold.
The details that have emerged mark a victory for Theresa May, who told the G20 in Argentina that a Government-backed Migration Advisory Committee had been very clear about a salary threshold being needed.
Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has said this week that she ‘expects’ the immigration white paper to be published before the House rises for the Christmas break next Thursday.
A Downing Street source told the Telegraph: ‘The Prime Minister has got nothing from Brussels and this is a good bit of red meat.
‘She needs this but the Cabinet isn’t with her.’
As of yet it is not known if the crackdown will take effect from next March, or at the end of the transition period the Government hopes will kick in from April 2019 to December 2020.