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PM Cameron to crackdown on immigration

TOUGH: PM David Cameron seeking to limit the number of people coming in the UK

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron is launching a tougher crackdown on those who abuse the immigration system, it was reported today.

In a keynote speech held today (Oct 10), Cameron spoke of plans that include tougher rules and regulations for visas to weed out sham marriages and how to prevent immigrants becoming a burden on taxpayers, which could see some applicants made to pay financial bonds.

The speech focused on the government's plans to reduce entry to the UK from immigrants outside the EU, specifically by closing down family access. This will mean extending the probationary period for spouses looking to settle in Britain from two years to five.

Cameron also said he will be seeking for new rules that require relatives joining their families in the UK to be able to speak English and have enough cash to live on.

He also pledged to raise the minimum salary – currently £20,000 a year – that non-EU migrants must earn if they are to be allowed into Britain.

"We need to make sure - for their sake as well as ours - that those who come through this route are genuinely coming for family reasons, that they can speak English, and that they have the resources they need to live here and make a contribution here - not just to scrape by, or worse, to subsist on benefit," Cameron will say.

Immigrants will also be required to provide clearer evidence they are in a genuine relationship.

"We simply can not sit back and allow the system to be abused in this way. So we will make migrants wait longer, to show they really are in a genuine relationship before they can get settlement," he added.

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