James Cleverly leaves 10 Downing Street after attending a cabinet meeting. File / Reuters
High levels of legal migration have for more than a decade dominated Britain's political landscape and Sunak has promised to gain more control after lawmakers in his Conservative Party criticised his record ahead of an election expected next year.
Interior minister James Cleverly said the government would raise the minimum salary threshold for foreign skilled workers to £38,700 ($48,900), from its current level of £26,200, reform the list of jobs where exceptions are made due to shortages, and toughen rules on whether workers can bring their families.
"Migration to this country is far too high and needs to come down, and today we are taking more robust action than any other government before," Cleverly told lawmakers.
"This package of measures will take place from next spring."
The measures could lead to new disputes with business owners who have struggled to hire workers in recent years given Britain's persistently tight labour market and the end of free movement from the European Union following Britain's departure from the bloc.
Annual net migration to the United Kingdom hit a record of 745,000 last year and has stayed at high levels since, data showed last month.
"This package plus our reduction in student dependents will mean around 300,000 fewer people will come in future years than have come to the UK last year," Cleverly said.
The scheme, which was first announced last year, allows those with BNO status to live, study and work in Britain for five years and eventually apply for citizenship.
Albania's prime minister has said Britain is in such a "bad, bad place" over the Channel migration crisis that government ministers are resorting to blaming his country "to feel like they still have muscle."
A 25-year-old woman had submitted documents including the forged contract to Amer immigration services in order to get family visa issued under the second defendant’s name.
Students from countries as diverse as India, China and Brazil said they are scrambling to devise plans after federal immigration authorities notified colleges this week that international students must leave the US or transfer to another college if their schools operate entirely online this fall.
The UN and other humanitarian actors have not yet declared a state of famine in Gaza, despite worsening conditions in the Palestinian territory since the war started with the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7.
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has called for a strong turnout, was the first to cast his ballot. He vote at a polling station in central Tehran, state television reported.
Friday's Hamas statement said the number of hostages killed as a result of Israeli military operations "may have exceeded" 70. The reason for the discrepancy was not clear.
The United States military will airdrop humanitarian assistance into Gaza, President Joe Biden announced on Friday, a day after witnesses say Israeli forces shot desperately hungry Palestinians crowding around a food aid truck.