Understanding how the new UK points-based immigration system work
In early 2019 the UK government announced the new Points-Based Immigration System, in the words of the Home Secretary it is a system that will attract the brightest and the best from around the globe, boosting the economy and our communities, and unleash this country’s full potential.
So what is the new points based system?
As of 1 Jan 2021 the UK government will end free movement of the EU nationals, European Union (EU) citizens will be treated the same way as those from the rest of the world.
At The SmartMove2UK, we understand each and every customer’s individual need and requirements and we respond accordingly to it. You can contact our UK Immigration experts for any information or guidance on the new Skilled worker visa.
Can first time skilled worker visa holders from UK Red List nationals are allowed during this restriction period?
The United Kingdom on Monday 19 April 2021, added India to its travel ‘red list’ in view of the surge in coronavirus cases in India. It came into effect from 4am on Friday 23 April 2021.
Who are allowed?
British nationals; Irish nationals; Applicants having residence rights in the UK
From January 1, 2021 people with residence rights include:
– holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain;
– holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e. those with biometric Residence permits) or
– an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, sole representative visa, spouse visa etc. (excluding visit visas);
holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave;
those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers);
family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
What implications does this have for the skilled workers?
Under the new system which is simple, effective and flexible, the EU as well as non – EU citizens will be treated equally.
Points will be assigned on the basis of specific skills, qualifications, salaries and the area of expertise or profession.
Those who will gain enough points will be rewarded a visa.
There will be no cap or upper limit on the number of people who can qualify for the visa under this scheme.
Before the need for extension, the skilled workers visa will be valid for up to five years.
People who show exceptional promise or talent in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, medicine, arts and culture will be eligible to apply for the Global Talent Visa.
Understanding the points system:
In order to qualify for this visa, migrants will be required to score 70 points.
|Having a job offer from an approved employer for a skilled job
|Proficiency in English language
|Being paid at the appropriate rate (going rate)
|Migrants can score extra points
|Better qualifications – relevant PhD
|Better qualifications – PhD in science, technology, engineering or math
|Job offer in a shortage occupation list
|Certain jobs in health or education merit extra points even if the salary is less than £25,600
The post-Brexit world will not be the same as before.
We at The SmartMove2UK know how important the journey of Immigration for an applicant is. We also acknowledge the fact that the changing systems with frequent new amendments are not easy to keep a track of as well as very difficult to understand for you.