After the BREXIT, there has been a massive change in the UK’s immigration system. The European Union (EU) citizens can no longer go freely to the UK and work there, since January 1st, 2021. The new point-based system has made it clear that, anyone who wants to live and work in the UK – whether from the EU or not – will need 70 points to be eligible for a visa. Points will be awarded for key requirements like:
- Being able to speak English to a certain level,
- Having a job offer from an approved employer, and
- Meeting a minimum salary threshold.
Why the New Immigration System?
The UK intends to cut out on the number of low-skilled migrants entering Britain, while making it easier for higher-skilled workers to get visas. There will be no limit on numbers. The ministers of UK Government have opined that with the new change in the immigration system, it will be much easier to control over how many people come to Britain.
How does the New Immigration System work?
Since January 1st, 2021, EU migrants are no longer allowed to freely travel to the UK for work. Instead of this, all workers, EU or non-EU citizens, need to gain 70 points under a system made to assess their skills and salary.
People going to the UK must:
- Have job offer from a licensed sponsor – 20 points
- Speak English to an acceptable standard – 10 points
- Ensure their job offer is at skill level RQF3 (A-level equivalent) or higher – 20 points
Then these interested candidates must earn a 20 extra “tradeable” points – such as by having a higher salary, working in a shortage job, or having a PhD. They can earn these points by:
- Earning at least £25,600 or the “going rate” for the profession, whichever is higher (20)
- Having a job offer in a “shortage occupation” (20)
- Being a “new entrant” to the labour market (20)
- Having a PhD in a relevant STEM subject (20)
- Having a PhD in a relevant non-STEM subject (10)
How does it affect students?
Students must also qualify with the 70 Points system, but in a different way. Student candidates can earn 50 points by putting together:
- Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies requirement
- Course requirement
- Approved Qualification requirement
- Level of Study requirement
- Place of Study requirement
For 10 points, they must also meet:
- Financial requirement
- English language requirement
In summer 2021, a Graduate Route will be launched allowing students to stay for two years after the end of their degree, to look for work. This will be three years for PhD graduates.
It is to be noted that low-paid workers will be barred from coming to the UK for work. The new immigration points that there is no route for so-called “unskilled” work. Anyone applying for a “skilled work” visa in the UK must earn a bare minimum of £20,480.
Extra points are assigned to either set thresholds or the “going rate” for the job – whichever is higher.
- 10 points for earning at least £23,040 or 90% of the going rate for the job, whichever is higher.
- 20 points for earning at least £25,600 or 100% of the going rate for the job, whichever is higher.
However, healthcare professionals applying has an exception where they will be exempt from needing to meet the bonus “tradeable” requirements. Instead, someone on a Health and Care Visa can get their 20 extra points even if their job only pays £20,480, as long as they’re on the list of health occupations.
Know more about the UK’s Skilled Worker Visa: https://manjooransacademy.com/are-you-eligible-for-uks-skilled-visa/
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