On 31/01/20, about three and a half years and several attempts after a majority of British people voted to leave the European Union, it finally happened. Brexit day came and brought with it changes for the future of the United Kingdom and wider world. One of these big changes has recently been confirmed.
At the start of 2021, a new point-based VISA system is set to be introduced. This idea, which is said to be similar to the Australian entry system, will replace the present one. Australia notoriously has a strict policy for granting or nationality to overseas individuals. Under these plans, Britain’s policy for giving short or long-term stays to people interested will be more strict also. Let’s have a closer look at what this will mean in practice.
Point-based VISA attracting higher skilled workers
Perhaps the biggest change is the kind of person that these new rules are designed to attract. Under the new proposed rules, it will be made difficult for those that don’t either have family or a firm job offer to get residence. The belief is that for too long Britain has been hampered by the EU’s rules of free movement. This shouldn’t be a big concern for those who already moved to the U.K before these rules came into effect. But 70% of those that have come to the U.K. from the E.U. would not be eligible under these rules.
There may be exemptions for highly skilled workers in areas that the U.K. is lacking.
What can earn you points for VISAs
Any individual looking to move the U.K. will need a minimum of 70 points to be considered. Let’s have a closer look at what different things can make you qualify for U.K. residence:
– Offer of job by approved sponsor (20 points)
– Job at appropriate skill level (20 points)
– Speaks English at required level (10 points)
– Salary of £23,040 – £25,599 (10 points)
– Salary of £25,600 or above (20 points)
– Job in a shortage occupation (20 points)
– Education qualification: PhD in subject relevant to the job (10 points)
– Education qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job (20 points)
Those listed in bold are mandatory
What other effects may there be?
First and foremost, this is going to cut down on the number of low-skilled workers coming into Britain. Those that are welcomed are more likely to fill a gap in the professional needs of the country. This may have the down-side of putting off prospective international students with potential for success in areas they have obviously yet to achieve.
Although the system is designed to attract the skilled, there is a chance it’s stricter nature will put some people off for ethical or moral reasons. This will likely also put off higher skilled workers in sectors where we do not lack people currently. This could create a potential shortfall in the future if these sectors become needed.
There is plenty still to think about and the effects will not be recognised for some time. We will see in the future if these plans are altered at all and, if not, what they mean for U.K. immigration.
Posted on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at 4:57 am in Latest News.