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UK Points-Based Immigration System 2020


[edit] Introduction

The UK Government has revealed details of the points-based immigration system scheduled to come into force on 1st January 2021 once freedom of movement between the UK and EU has ended. Under the points-based system, which will give priority to high-skilled workers, EU nationals will be treated the same as people from the rest of the world.

[edit] How will the new immigration system work?

From 1st January 2021, people who want to live and work in the UK will need 70 points to be eligible to apply for a visa.

The Government said that in order to get a visa, applicants from anywhere in the world will be required to:

Points will also be awarded for holding better qualifications (10 points for a relevant PhD; or 20 points for a PhD in engineering, science, technology or maths) or having a job offer in an area where the UK has a shortage (20 points), even if the minimum salary threshold requirements are not met.

Furthermore, the Government has revealed that foreign workers coming to the UK to do certain jobs in health and education can still get 20 points as long as they earn a minimum salary of £20,480 per year, which is in line with national pay scales.

[edit] What about people who come to the UK to study?

The Government stated that there will be no limit on the number of international students who can come to the UK to study.

A graduate route will be available from the summer of 2021 which will allow international students to remain in the UK for at least two years after completing their studies, rising to three years for those who have done a PhD.

This article originally appeared on the ECA website under the title, 'New UK Points-Based Immigration System'. It was published on 15 July 2020.


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