British officials are set to test India’s reaction to proposals for a new post-Brexit immigration system unveiled in December. Home Office officials are set to meet with counterparts in India next week, as well as others, for discussions on the ‘Immigration White Paper’ unveiled by Home Secretary Sajid Javid last year, a senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) official has said.
The immigration plans aim to create a level-playing field for EU and non-EU workers, basing immigration opportunities on skills levels rather than which part of the world workers have come from. “It is important to us as we finalise [immigration policy] to get a clear view from the Indian government, and Indian students and others,” said the FCO official, adding that they believed the nature of the discussions that were set to take place were “unique at this stage”, highlighting the huge importance the country placed on getting its relationship with India right.
“The White Paper is the most significant look at our migration relationship worldwide for some time and the discussion we will have with India is the type of discussion we would only have with closest partners.”