This system is set to revolutionize the way migrants come to UK to work, study, and visit or join their families. Broadly, the objectives of this scheme are:
- EU and non-EU citizens will be treated with equality.
- Top priority will be given to those with high skills and talents like scientists, engineers, academicians etc.
- Commitment to protect individuals from exploitation by criminal traffickers and unscrupulous employers.
The UK government believes that it needs to shift its focus of the economy away from reliance on cheap labour from Europe and instead concentrate more upon investment in areas of technology and automation. This will also mean that employers would need to adjust accordingly. Since the Settlement Scheme for EU citizens has already received 3.2 million applications from EU citizens, the employers will be able to meet the labour market demands. To further support the employers, the government will keep labour market data under scrutiny to monitor any key pressure areas.