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Fair, Balanced Migration

Britons are among the most welcoming and tolerant people in the world, yet they have lost faith in our immigration system. There is nothing in the track records of any of the other parties that suggests they have the necessary political will to address the concerns of the British people, but UKIP will. 
Brexit offers an opportunity to calm public concerns about immigration while still allowing the brightest and the best from around the world to make their home in Britain, and contribute to our society and our economy.
Immigration has placed huge pressure on public services and housing. It has affected the domestic labour market, where wages for manual and lowpaid jobs have stagnated. Community cohesion has been damaged. 
LABOUR’S GREATEST FOLLY Unsustainable immigration to Britain began with Tony Blair’s Labour government: Peter Mandelson admitted ‘search parties’ were sent out to encourage migrants to come to Britain, and the plan to ‘rub the Right’s nose in diversity’ did indeed, as Blair’s favourite think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, put it, ‘change the face of the country.’ Allegations of racism, and a raft of faith, race and equalities legislation shut down any criticism of Blair’s policy, and the benefits system was abused to ‘bribe’ Labour’s core vote. 
TORY IMMIGRATION FAILURE Labour ultimately paid the electoral price for their wilful blindness to problems caused by mass immigration, but the Conservatives have failed just as badly, for seven years reneging on their pledge to bring annual net migration down to the ‘tens of thousands.’ 
Theresa May admitted in 2015 the case for high immigration on economic grounds has been massively overstated, yet did nothing about it, and still appears prepared to carry on with unlimited EU immigration for many years ahead.
UKIP is the only party with the political will and the plan to cut immigration. 
BALANCED NET MIGRATION OVER FIVE YEARS UKIP will establish a Migration Control Commission and set a target to reduce net migration to zero, over a five-year period. 
This means approximately halving gross immigration for a five-year period. This will still allow us to bring in the key skills we need, while giving a breathing space to public services under immense pressure. Senior Labour parliamentarian, Frank Field, has argued the case for balanced migration such as this for  many years.
FAIR, EQUITABLE IMMIGRATION  To make immigration fair and equitable, we will introduce a new Australian-style pointsbased system, and a work permit system. Both will apply equally to all applicants, save for citizens of the Republic of Ireland, with whom we will maintain our current arrangements. 
To give working class people in particular a chance to find employment, we will place a moratorium on unskilled and low-skilled immigration for five years after we leave the EU. 
We will also operate a seasonal worker scheme based on sixmonth visas to support those 
sectors, such as agriculture, which need additional labour for short but predictable periods of time. 
A NEW INTERNATIONAL VISA SYSTEM  Operated on a strict principle of non-discrimination between peoples of all nations applying for work, study, or to visit the United Kingdom, our new International Visa System will begin on the date we leave the EU and offer four principal visa categories: 
1. WORK VISAS Highly skilled workers with a job offer sponsored by companies paying them a minimum of £30,000 per annum will have priority. 
2. TOURIST AND  VISITOR VISAS Covering those who come to Britain as tourists, to conduct business, or to see their family, these will be valid for up to twelve months. 
3. STUDENT VISAS We want to encourage students to study in Britain, but will not tolerate abuse of the system. 
4. FAMILY REUNION VISAS We respect the right of British citizens to form relationships with non-British citizens; however, we will abolish the European Economic Area (EEA) family permit scheme and reinstate the primary purpose rule. Foreign 
nationals marrying British citizens will have to prove the primary purpose of their marriage is not to obtain British residency. 
ASYLUM SEEKERS UKIP will comply fully with the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and honour our obligations to bona fide asylum seekers. 
ACCESS TO WELFARE  AND THE NHS  All new migrants to Britain will be expected to make tax and national insurance contributions for at least five consecutive years before they become eligible to claim UK benefits, or access non-urgent NHS services, save for any exceptions stipulated by the Migration Control Commission, or if reciprocal healthcare arrangements are in place with their country of origin. All new entrants to the UK must have and maintain comprehensive private medical insurance for the duration of their stay, as a condition of their visa.  
BRITISH CITIZENSHIP  Those arriving on Work Visas may apply for British citizenship after five years, provided they have worked, paid tax here, and maintained their medical insurance throughout that time. We will revoke the British citizenship of those who have obtained it by fraud or deception and remove them from the country. 
As part of our overall commitment to a more stringent and better run immigration system, UKIP will increase the number of Border Agency staff by 4,000 and implement technology solutions to ensure all passport and visa holders are counted in and out
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND  FOREIGN CRIMINALS There will be no amnesty for illegal immigrants. We will increase the number of immigration compliance and enforcement teams. Foreign criminals will not be granted a visa to enter the UK. Migrants who commit crimes resulting in a custodial sentence will have their visa revoked and be detained until they are deported. 
THE RIGHTS OF EU NATIONALS  UKIP will allow law-abiding EU citizens living in the UK before Article 50 was triggered the right to stay here indefinitely. We expect the same concession to be granted to British citizens living overseas within the EU.
EU nationals who entered the UK after 29th March 2017 will not have the automatic right to remain and when we leave the EU will lose access to all benefits, including non-urgent healthcare. No 
benefits will be paid for any dependants living overseas when we leave the EU.  
INTEGRATION IS AS IMPORTANT  AS IMMIGRATION In Britain, we do not believe in treating women or gay people as second-class citizens, and we hold to a fundamental belief in democracy and free speech. UKIP’s points-based immigration system will therefore include one further major principle: we will test the social attitudes of migration applicants to foster community cohesion and protect core British values.
UKIP’s immigration policies will bring to Britain the brightest, the best, and those with the talents our economy most needs. They are fair, equitable, and similar to those operating in numerous other countries worldwide, such as Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. They will benefit Britain, and redress the imbalance that has caused so much frustration, for so long. 
“Only UKIP’s immigration policy has, at its heart, a sustainable, ethical and fair system that will restore public faith in the process. We recognise the new openness in our world and the positive benefits controlled, balanced immigration can bring to our nation.”