Points-based immigration system: how will it work?
Following our previous article The new points-based immigration system: a detailed overview, the government has revealed further details on the points-based immigration system coming into force in January 2021.
These new arrangements will take effect from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement with the European Union (EU) has ended. It will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and aims to attract people who can contribute to the UK’s economy. Irish citizens will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK as they do now.
New immigration routes will open later this year for applications to work, live and study in the UK from 1 January 2021 and you will be able to apply and pay for your visa online.
The points-based system will include a route for skilled workers who have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor.
From January 2021, the job on offer will need to be at a required skill level of RQF3 or above (equivalent to A level). You’ll also need to be able to speak English and be paid the relevant salary threshold by your sponsor. This will either be the general salary threshold of £25,600 or the going rate for your job, whichever is higher.
If you earn less than this – but no less than £20,480 – you may still be able to apply by ‘trading’ points on specific characteristics against your salary. For example, if you have a job offer in a shortage occupation or have a PhD relevant to the job.
There will not be a general route for employers to recruit at or near the minimum wage.
EU citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK before 31 December 2020, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
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