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
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
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
a) Establish a dedicated unit for asylum applications to improve
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