Government launches campaign to prepare businesses for new points-based immigration system

The Government has this week launched a new campaign ensuring that businesses are ready to use the UK’s new points-based immigration regime from next year.
The initiative comes ahead of the end of the Brexit transitional period on 31 December 2020, after which the new Australian-style points-based system will come into force.
Significantly changing the way UK businesses hire workers from the EU and the rest of the world, employers will need to apply for a licence and understand how points and visas are awarded under the new system.
Under the new “skilled worker” system, anyone can apply to work and live in the UK, regardless of where they reside. Instead, workers will be required to demonstrate:

  •  they have a job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor (the employer)
  • the job offer is at the required skill level – RQF 3 or above (A Level and equivalent), and
  • they speak English to the required standard.

In addition, the job offer must meet the applicable minimum salary threshold. This is the higher of either:

  • the general salary threshold set by Her Majesty’s Government on advice of the independent Migration Advisory Committee at £25,600, or
  • the specific salary requirement for their occupation, known as the “going rate”.

Commenting on the new immigration regime, Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster said: “The new points-based system will be fairer and firmer, giving us control of our borders and treating people based on the skills they have to offer and the contribution they can make to the UK, not where they come from.
“We will be able to decide who comes into the country, allowing us to prioritise and invest in those people already in the UK, upskilling our current work force, whilst also attracting the best and brightest from around the world to complement the skills we already have.”
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