Theresa May, the home secretary, has to announce the level of the immigration cap on skilled migrants from outside the EU this afternoon. The level is predicted to be below the one that was recommended by migration advisers – 37,400 - 43,700 range. She is also to confirm that the number of overseas students will be cut to more than only 80,000 per year. This is expected to be heard in case the members of the Conservative Party realize their plans of reducing net migration to "tens of thousands and write about this in essay service".
The cabinet meeting should make the final decision on the first limit on UK migration. The figure that is to be agreed will exclude 22,000 of the 50,000 skilled migrants who arrived to work in Britain last year. This number of 22,000 employees excluded from the cap includes employees who came to work on intra-company transfers. Besides the numbers of such employees are also to be reduced after the new limits on minimum earnings levels and allowances are announced.
Last week experts on the MAC, the migration advisory committee, recommended that the number of migrant workers that come to Britain from outside the EU should be cut to between 37,400 and 43,700 next year, compared with 2009.
However, the number of students who come to Britain, people visiting the UK for working holidays and migrants to work on creative and media visas will also be cut.