The United Kingdom’s new visa and immigration system based on the points system after Brexit has been described as ” effective, simple and flexible” by the government, and it has been accepting applications since Tuesday.
The United Kingdom Home Office stated that applicants for the new skilled worker visa can now apply to work and live in the UK from January 1, 2021, when the transition period of Brexit ends to bring the European Union (EU) migrants in line with non-EU countries. For example, India.
Under the new point-based immigration system, which was previously unveiled, points will be provided for job opportunities at the appropriate skill levels, knowledge of English, and being paid minimum salaries.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, stated: The government promised to end free movement, take back control of borders, and adopt a new points-based immigration system. Today, we have fulfilled these promises.
This effective, simple, and flexible system will ensure that employers can recruit the skilled workers they need the most, and it also encourages employers to train and invest in the UK’s workforce.
She said: We are also opening ways to those who have an outstanding talent or show hope for excellence in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or culture.
People usually need to earn a salary of at least £25,600 per year, unless the position has a higher ‘going rate’ throughout the economy. The applications are made online, so as a part of this, people will need to prove their identity and provide their documents.
The Home Office said: ‘Once people outside the UK have completed all these steps, they will usually make a decision within three weeks’.
Applicants will need to have enough money to pay the application fee between £610 and £1,408, plus health care surcharges (usually £624 per year) and be able to support themselves (usually at least £1,270).
The skilled worker visa can be extended for up to five years before it needs to be further extended. In addition to work visas, many other ways are now open for applications, including global talent visas for people, which can prove that they have extraordinary talents or exceptional promises in the fields of humanities, digital technology, medicine, science, engineering, or arts and culture.
The innovator visa will be open to those who seek to start a business in the United Kingdom-based on innovative, feasible, and scalable business ideas.
The start-up visa for those seeking to start a business in the UK for the first time and the Intra company transfer visas are applicable for the established workers who are being transferred by the corporation they work for to do a skilled role in the UK.
The “Student Route” and “Children’s Student Route”, under the new system opened in early October, for qualified international students in the next academic year.
The Home Office stated that its new system will encourage employers to focus on training and investing in the United Kingdom workforce, increasing productivity, and improving opportunities, especially for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indian industry and student groups broadly welcomed the new post-Brexit points system announced earlier by Patel this year to attract the brightest and the best from around the world.
According to this system, once the EU’s rules on the free movement of people no longer apply to the UK after the Brexit transition period ends on December 31, the EU workers will be at par with those from outside the economic bloc.