Chris Bryant MP, Labour's Shadow Immigration Minister, responding to briefing from the Home Office on changes to settlement arrangements, said:
"People who want to settle in the UK should have to pay their way, live by our rules and be able to contribute value to our country. And we need strict controls, properly enforced. I hope that is something we can all agree on.
"But there is no point making promises about immigration if you have no workable policies to deliver them. The Prime Minister said 'no ifs, no buts' net migration would be in the tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament, yet this week figures showed it increased to 250,000.
"These changes are likely only to affect people whose five year stay ends after David Cameron's own deadline so they will do little to meet his pledge. David Cameron and Theresa May need to be honest with the British people, and about the reality behind their tough rhetoric. They are failing on illegal immigration and failing to deliver on their promises."