October 2, 2018 / 9:40 AM / 2 months ago

UK will bring in salary threshold for skilled workers' visas - minister

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for the Home Department Sajid Javid speaks at a fringe event on the third day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Britain will bring in a salary threshold for highly skilled workers’ visas as part of its post-Brexit immigration system, interior minister Sajid Javid said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May earlier said that the new British system would prioritise high-skilled workers and treat European Union citizens as the same as those from elsewhere after Britain leaves the bloc next March.

“There will be a salary threshold for high skilled workers, I can’t tell you what it is today because we haven’t decided and we will be setting it out - it needs a bit more work - we will be setting it out in the white paper shortly in the autumn,” Javid told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference.

He said Britain would be introducing an electronic travel authority, comparing it to similar schemes used in the United States. The pre-authorisation system would apply to all travellers, he said.

Reporting by William James; writing by Michael Holden; editing by Kate Holton

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