British PM Theresa May's cabinet agrees not to favour EU workers after Brexit
Ministers gathering on Monday "unanimously supported a system based on skills rather than nationality", an unnamed source told the BBC, with similar reports in The Times and The Guardian.
The report's author, Alan Manning of the Migration Advisory Committee, briefed the cabinet meeting on Monday on his plan.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The cabinet agreed that, once free movement is brought to an end, the government will be able to introduce a new system which works in the best interests of the UK, including by helping to boost productivity."
The EU may well seek to negotiate continued preferential treatment in return for access to its single market, while other countries could also seek visa waivers in return for trade deals.
Her spokesman said there would be formal proposals published "shortly".