Key parts of the UK’s immigration policy – including on foreign students and doctors coming to the UK – is be reviewed, the home secretary has said.
Sajid Javid told the BBC there was a “perception problem” over the decision to include students in net migration figures.
And he said he would “think more carefully” about the cap on the number of skilled workers given visas.
Mr Javid became home secretary in April after Amber Rudd quit.
Speaking to the Andrew Marr Show, he also said he would be lobbying Chancellor Philip Hammond for more cash for policing, and promised an increase in security officers to boost counter-terrorism efforts.
However, Mr Javid said that addressing the issue of the Windrush scandal, which led to Ms Rudd’s resignation, would be his top priority.
He told the Marr show that changes had already been made to the “hostile environment” approach to illegal immigration, which critics say was responsible for the problems.
These changes included rethinking restrictions on illegal migrants’ rights to open bank accounts, he said.
On the wider approach to immigration, Prime Minister Theresa May has faced repeated calls to exclude foreign students from the government’s drive to reduce net migration into the UK, including from Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson.
Mr Javid said he understood criticism of the policy, and that he did “empathise” with the view that it did not sound very welcoming.
He said that although if students eventually left the country it should have no long-term impact, “there is a perception problem around this,” adding: “It’s something I’ve long considered.”
It is “something I would like to look at again”, he said.
The home secretary was also asked about the so-called Tier 2 visa system, introduced by Mrs May when she was home secretary as a means of capping the number of skilled workers from outside the European Union who had a job offer.
An annual 20,700 cap has led to thousands of IT specialists and engineers as well as NHS staff being denied visas.
“I see the problem with that,” Mr Javid said.
“It is something that I’m taking a fresh look at. I know a number of my colleagues certainly want me to take a look at this, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
“And I hope to think about this more carefully and see what can be done.”