The UK has launched a new points-based immigration system that is likely to help more highly-skilled workers to continue full-time jobs in Britain from next year. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel today announced the new visa system, which aims to attract the “brightest and the best” from the world.
As per the new system, Britain is ready to reduce the unlimited flow of workers from Europe and will give a chance to skilled workers all over the world, including India. It will come on effect from January 1, 2021, at the end of the transition period after the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) last month. Brexit will formally end up free movement of people within the economic bloc for the UK as a non-member.
“We will attract the brightest and the best from around the globe, boosting the economy and our communities,” Ms. Patel said. The new post-Brexit system will treat the EU and non-EU countries equally.
The Cabinet minister said, “Today is a historic moment for the whole country. We’re ending free movement, taking back control of our borders and delivering on the people’s priorities by introducing a new UK points-based immigration system, which will bring overall migration numbers down.”
“We will attract the brightest and the best from around the globe, boosting the economy and our communities, and unleash this country’s full potential,” Ms. Patel added.
“The new single global system will treat the EU and non-EU citizens equally. It will give top priority to those with the highest skills and the greatest talents, including scientists, engineers, and academics,” the Home Office emphasized.
Skilled workers will need to meet several relevant criteria to apply for a job in the UK, requiring 70 points to be eligible. To apply for a job of £25,600 salary yearly, one needs to speak in English, and a level of qualification will be mandatory. Presently, the Tier 2 scheme says the skilled workers need a degree and £30,000 minimum salary.