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Care employees will likely be barred from bringing relations to the UK inside weeks amid “significant concerns” over visa abuses.

Legal Migration Minister Tom Pursglove mentioned immigration “is not the long-term answer to our social care needs” because the Home Office laid the adjustments in Parliament on Monday.

Only corporations registered with the watchdog – Care Quality Commission – will have the ability to sponsor visas, underneath the Government’s new plans.

Some 123,000 overseas care employees have been granted visas in simply 18 months and an extra 145,000 relations got here with them, Home Office figures present.

Care employees have been added to the Shortage Occupation List – which lowers the quantity overseas employees need to earn in a job – in 2021 amid employees shortages within the sector.

Legal migration rocketed to 745,000 within the yr to December, making it a key election battleground.

It is known officers needed to plug a spot of round 150,000 vacancies.

Legal Migration Minister Tom Pursglove mentioned: “This plan, alongside the package we have already introduced to restrict student dependants, is expected to mean around 300,000 people who would have been eligible to come to the UK under last year’s rules, would not be able to.

“These changes include some of the measures announced in that package, namely preventing overseas care workers and senior care workers from bringing their dependants to the UK and requiring care providers in England who wish to sponsor migrant workers to be registered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

“These measures will ensure we continue to protect our NHS and social care systems, while addressing significant concerns that have emerged since the introduction of the visa about high levels of non-compliance and worker exploitation and abuse within the adult social care sector, particularly for overseas workers employed within care occupations.”

Mr Pursglove added: “We know that migration to the UK remains too high, but our plan will deliver a decisive cut in numbers that the public expect so we can get back to sustainable and well-managed levels. Under our new measures, 300,000 people who came to the UK last year would now not be able to come.

“Care workers make a vital contribution to society, and we are grateful to those from overseas who care for our loved ones, but immigration is not the long-term answer to our social care needs.

“These measures laid in Parliament will deliver on our promise and cut the rising numbers of visas granted to overseas care workers and address significant concerns about high levels of non-compliance, worker exploitation and abuse within the social care sector, particularly for overseas workers.”

It comes because the outgoing chief inspector of borders and immigration, David Neal, warned 1 / 4 of overseas care employees are employed illegally in different industries.

He highlighted one surprising case the place the Home Office had issued 1,234 well being and care visas to a firm which said it solely had 4 employees.

Officials additionally gave 275 care visas to a care residence that didn’t exist.

And Mr Neal mentioned that his inspectors encountered migrants with care visas working illegally in two out of eight enforcement visits between August and October final yr.

He mentioned it was consultant of the proportion of migrants on care visas working within the UK extra broadly, that means that about 25,000 of the 101,316 folks granted a social care visa within the yr to September final yr would have been working in different sectors illegally.