UK’s points-based immigration system opens
Points-based immigration begins in the UK.
The UK’s new post-Brexit points-based visa and immigration system has opened for applications from Tuesday.
December 1 marks the first day of new immigration rules that envisions British businesses to recruit the most highly qualified workers from across the globe to work in the UK from January 1, 2021.
Under the points-based immigration system, which is modelled after Australia’s, points will be awarded for a job offer at the appropriate skill level.
Points will be awarded for a job offer, knowledge of English, education and being paid a minimum salary.
EU nationals will no longer receive special treatment in choosing to live and work in the UK, after the British government promised to end EU free movement and take back control of its borders.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “This government promised to end free movement, to take back control of our borders and to introduce a new points-based immigration system. Today, we have delivered on that promise.
“This simple, effective and flexible system will ensure employers can recruit the skilled workers they need, whilst also encouraging employers to train and invest in the UK’s workforce.
“We are also opening routes for those who have an exceptional talent or show exceptional promise in the fields of engineering, science, tech or culture.”
Applications are to be made online, ranging in price from £610 ($813) to £1,408 ($1878).