Britain unveiled a new points-based immigration system aimed at attracting the “brightest and the best” talent from the world and closing its doors to cheap, low-skilled migration.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the launch of this new immigration system, which will come into force from January 1, 2021 at the end of the transition period after the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU).
“This immigration system will end free movement, reassert control of our borders and restore public trust,” a statement by the Home Office said.
The new system will provide simple, effective, and flexible arrangements for skilled workers to come to the UK. It will apply equally to the EU and non-EU countries like India.
The system is based on awarding points for specific skills, qualifications/attributes, salaries and professions. The visas will only be awarded to those who gain sufficient points. The top priority will be given to those with the highest skills and the greatest talents, including scientists, engineers and academics.
In order to apply for a permanent visa under the new system, prospective candidates will need to:
- have a job offer from a government approved sponsor
- have a job offer that is at an appropriate skill level
- have ability to speak English to a certain level
- score at least 70 points based on the level of salary they are offered and their abilities
How to get to 70 points
|Offer of job by approved sponsor||YES||20|
|Job at appropriate skill level||YES||20|
|Speak English at required level||YES||10|
|Salary of €20,480 (Min)- €23,039||NO||00|
|Salary of €23,040 – €25,599||NO||10|
|Salary of €25,600 or above||NO||20|
|Job in shortage occupation||NO||20|
|PhD in subject relevant to job||NO||10|
|PhD in STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) relevant to job||NO||20|
The new points-based system will also expand the skills threshold for skilled workers, which is to be downgraded to A-level instead of degree level under the current system. This will provide greater flexibility and ensure UK has access to a large number of skilled workers.
There will also be special exemptions for certain occupations facing skill shortages such as doctors and nurses.