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2. To make family migration more humane and efficient:

a) For spouse and legal partner settlements, replace the crude

and arbitrary income threshold with the pre-2012 rules and

the 'no recourse to public funds' test.

b) For dependent adult relatives, amend rules to make them less

restrictive for elderly parents living with their British children.

c) For registering a child, reduce the fee so it only covers the

cost of administration, with a fee waiver for those who prove

they cannot afford any fee.

3. To support people coming to the UK to work:

a) Replace caps on work-related visas with a Department of

Business-led policy of identifying sectors with serious skill

shortages for the economy and public sector.

b) Replace the Tier-based system with a merit-based system

and a temporary workers scheme, along the lines of Canada's

system, to provide a more flexible and higher quality work

permit system.

c) Establish a 'Training up Britain' programme - a mentorship

scheme to enable British workers to develop their skills under

the guidance of highly skilled migrants.

4. To make student migration work for the UK's economy and

education sector:

a) Make the Department of Education the lead department,

with a policy objective of encouraging foreign academics,

researchers and students to come to the UK, reporting the

number of people coming to the UK to study separately.

b) Introduce a new Student and College Compliance and Liaison

Team in the DfE, aimed at reducing bureaucracy and costs for

the sector, and to improve compliance with the rules.

c) Enable graduates to stay and work in the UK for two years

after their course.

5. To improve Britain's record on assisting people seeking

sanctuary:

a) Establish a dedicated unit for asylum applications to improve

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