By June Kelly & Naresh Puri
Home affairs, BBC News
By Rachel Flint
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The fall in applications for skilled workers applying to come to the UK have hit Britain's tech industry the hardest.
Programmer and coder applications from Europe and overseas have fallen 9% since 2016, according to figures from UK Visas and Immigration.Workers from outside of Europe were also less likely to apply for a visa in order to work in the technology sector.
Applications from skilled workers outside of the EU fell by 17% to 19,700 in the years 2018/2019.
Stuart Lisle, senior tax partner at the consultancy BDO said: "We want to see the Government prioritise the creation of a worker visa system that attracts the best talent with economically-relevant skills, that prioritises the needs of UK businesses.”
Ashar is in an orphanage in Pakistan and his family are desperate for him to join them in Wales.
By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent, BBC News
By Judith Burns
By Bethan Lewis
BBC Wales education correspondent
Africans are twice as likely to be refused UK visas than applicants from any other part of the world, a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Africa shows.
The study said the UK immigration system was "biased or even discriminating" against Africans and was "not currently fit for purpose".
It presents multiple challenges, including the need to travel long distances to apply for a visa, financial discrimination and no right of appeal, the report said.
“At a time when the UK needs to be ‘open for business’, the broken visas system is doing severe damage to UK-Africa relations across a variety of sectors," said Chi Onwurah MP, chair of the APPG for Africa.
"It is embarrassing, patronising and insulting to African applicants and leaves the slogan of 'Global Britain' empty and meaningless," she added.
By Anna Collinson and Adam Eley
BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme