United Kingdom

On 13 July 2020, the government set out further details on the UK’s points-based system. 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.

The UK Government published a paper with more details on applicants’ immigration status and the new Points Based Immigration System to be enforced by the beginning of 2021.

Benefits the new points-based system will bring to all applicants: All applicants will received a written confirmation of their immigration status. Applicants will also have access to an easier right-to-work check and a new right-to-rent check systems helping employers and landlords in the UK.

Skilled Worker Route: Further details on the Points Based System for the Tier 2 General Visa and how it will be replaced by the Skilled Worker Route were announced by the UK Government. Applicants will require: A confirmed job offer from an approved sponsor; a job appropriate to the applicant’s skill level (RQF 3 or above, equivalent to A level) and meet the English language requirement at level B1 – Intermediate. All these requirements will grant the applicant the initial 50 mandatory points required for the visa. In addition, applicants must obtain at least further 20 “tradeable” points for their salary, getting a job in a shortage occupation or having a PhD in a subject relevant to the job.

Benefit for Employers of Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfers: The system provides a benefit for companies in the UK bringing new employees to the UK. Under the Skilled Worker Route, new applicants that qualified for this route can be brought to the UK with a reduction of the minimum salary currently required for Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfers.

What will be the requirements for EU Nationals under the UK upcoming Points Based Immigration System? 

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and other non-visa nationals will not require a visa to enter the UK when visiting the UK for up to 6 months. All migrants looking to enter the UK for other reasons (such as work or study) will need to apply for entry clearance in advance.

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