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A look into the new points-based immigration system of UK

A look into the new points based immigration system of UK

Priti Patel, UK Home Secretary, unveiled the new points-based immigration system of the UK on 19th February. The UK will move to the new points-based system from 1st January 2021.

Under the new immigration system, eligible applicants must score 70 points to qualify for immigration to the UK. The UK already has a points-based system for the Tier 2 Visa where an eligible applicant needs to score 40 points.

The new UK immigration system is modelled on Australia’s immigration program. The new system aims to create a high skill, high wage, high productivity economy in the UK.

Here is a look at the new points-based system of the UK:

  1. Applicants who speak English will get 10 points. It is, however, mandatory for applicants to speak English to apply.
  2. Applicants who have a job offer or sponsor from the UK will get 20 points. It is mandatory for applicants to have a job offer or be endorsed by a relevant body in the UK.
  3. Applicants who have the relevant skill level as per the job offer will get 20 points. Applicants must meet the skill level to apply for immigration to the UK.
  4. Applicants whose salary ranges between £20,480 and £23,039 will get 0 points
  5. Applicants whose salary ranges between £23,040 and £25,599 will get 10 points
  6. 20 points will be awarded to applicants whose salary is over £25,600
  7. If an applicant’s job is listed on the shortage occupation list, 20 points will be awarded for the same
  8. Applicants who have a PhD get 10 points
  9. Applicants who have a PhD in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subject get 20 points

High skilled immigrants may be able to gain entry to the UK without a job offer. However, such applicants must be endorsed by a competent or relevant body in the UK.

Applicants in the lower salary range (£20,480 to £23,039) can also qualify for immigration if their occupation is listed on the shortage occupation list. For instance, nurses can still qualify for immigration to the UK as there is a shortage of nurses in the UK.

There will be no provision of a temporary or general Work Visa for low-skilled immigrants in UK’s new immigration system. The UK Govt. has urged businesses to adapt to not having access to cheap labour from the EU. The UK wants its businesses to instead invest in retention and automation technology.

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If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or  Migrate to the UK, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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