UK Unleashes the Details of New Points-based Immigration System

UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel has revealed the details of the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system to welcome the best and the brightest global talent across the world. On July 13, the UK Home Office released additional details on the UK’s new points-based system which will be effective from 1 January 2021.

The new points-based system will treat people applying for immigration equally while giving the UK government more control over their border, and also driving economic growth economy through skilled immigration. It’s a ‘firm yet fair’ policy focusing on welcoming only the ‘best and the brightest’ from 2021.

In a press conference, Priti Patel said:

“The British people voted to take back control of our borders and introduce a new points-based immigration system.

Now we have left the EU, we are free to unleash this country’s full potential and implement the changes we need to restore trust in the immigration system and deliver a new fairer, firmer, skills-led system from 1 January 2021.

Britain is open for business and ready to welcome the best and brightest global talent.”

Below are the latest updates on the post-Brexit immigration system:

The new system will treat both EU and Non-EU applicants equally to determine whether they are eligible to immigrate to the UK. Foreign workers applying for the UK immigration for work will have to meet specific criteria.

Currently, there is no restriction on the number of people who can apply for the visa. However, people who want to live and work in the UK must claim at least 70 points to qualify for the visa.

Points will be awarded based on factors such as English language proficiency, education, a job offer from an approved employer, salary threshold, and other additional skills.

If the applicant meets the minimum requirements, he/she will be awarded 50 points. To score more, they will have to fulfill other criteria such as job offer, minimum salary threshold, having a Ph.D. degree, or working in a sector for which there is a shortage of labor in the UK.

Having a Ph.D. degree can help you get 1o points, and it could be 20 if your field of the qualification is in Science, Engineering, Technology, or Mathematics.

A further 20 points can be scored if you are working in a specialized occupation with a labor shortage in the UK.

Additional 10 points will be awarded to those with an annual salary of £23,040, and 20 to those over £25,600.

Bring eligible family members to the UK

 Eligible skilled workers or post-graduates can include their family members in the application and bring them to the UK.

Spouses, partners, and children above 18 years are eligible to live in the UK. Family members can also apply for jobs and study in the UK. They also have access to the UK’s health care schemes.

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