This proposal has been strongly criticized by the political opposition which argues that Johnson's model threatens to discourage immigration altogether.
The Labour Party demands that at least some exceptions be established in strategic sectors such as health care, where nursing roles are largely covered by foreigners. For their part, liberal Democrats accuse Johnson of encouraging xenophobia.
Instead, British entrepreneurs have praised some aspects of the announced reform but they also expressed that the risk of limiting the recruitment of the workforce does exist.
In her reply to these latest criticisms, the Secretary of State said that British companies will still be able to count on more than 3 million European Union citizens who are currently working in the United Kingdom and will not be affected by the new rules.
Patel also told entrepreneurs that they must "abandon the search for low-cost labor" and invest in the development of "automation technologies."