People moving to the UK will need to speak English and already have work lined up under the new post-Brexit points-based immigration system. The government has said that this marks the end of free movement. Migrants will now have to gain 70 points to be eligible for a visa, in aims of creating a ‘high wage, high skill, high productivity economy. For too long, distorted by European free movement rights, the immigration system has been failing to meet the needs of the British people. Our approach will change all of this.’
A job offer from an approved sponsor, such as an employer cleared by the Home Office, and a job at a ‘required skill level’ will then earn them 20 points each. Other points could be awarded for certain qualifications and whether there is a shortage in a particular occupation. For those moving with a job offer, the salary threshold will be lowered from £30,000 to £25,600 – but workers who earn above £20,480 can move to the UK if they have a job offer on the government’s job shortage list, or a relevant PhD. This means low-earners, such as nurses, may be able to get visas due to shortages of staff. Highly-skilled workers, such as scientists, technology or maths professionals, can also move without a job offer, so long as they are endorsed by a ‘relevant and competent body’.
The policy stated: ‘UK businesses will need to adapt and adjust to the end of free movement, and we will not seek to recreate the outcomes from free movement within the points-based system. ‘As such, it is important that employers move away from a reliance on the UK’s immigration system as an alternative to investment in staff retention, productivity, and wider investment in technology and automation.’
It is estimated that around 70% of the EU workforce currently living in the UK would not meet the requirements of the skilled worker route. Sainsbury’s staff get bodycams to stop them getting attacked at work A pilot scheme for seasonal workers in agriculture will be quadrupled from 2,500 to 10,000 places, while youth mobility arrangements with eight countries will continue. They currently result in around 20,000 young people coming to the UK each year.
Students wishing to come to the UK will need to be able to speak English, support themselves through their studies and have an offer from an approved educational institution. Current arrangements for specialist occupations such as religious ministers, artists, musicians and entertainers are expected to broadly remain the same and be extended for EU citizens. Critics of the system have warned it could negatively affect the economy
Home Secretary Priti Patel described the system as a ‘historic moment for the whole country’ which will help ‘unleash’ the UK’s ‘full potential’. Businesses have been warned that they have to adapt to the post-Brexit economy and make the most of workers already in the UK.
Shadow Home Secretary Diana Abbott slammed the proposals saying that they were all about appearing tough on Immigration and told the BBC:
One of the problems is the salary threshold they’re talking of, it’s as if they think that the level of your salary determines how valuable your role is and what skills you have, but we know that there are people in relatively low-paid occupations like social care who are skilled and valuable, and their new system may keep these people out and without social care workers from the EU, social care, for instance in London, would be absolutely in a very difficult position.
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