On 19 February 2020, the Government published a policy statement setting out details of the UK’s all new points-based immigration system. While the arrangements of this new system don’t take effect until 1 January 2021, (the date freedom of movement with the European Union (EU) ends) it is still important to know what the points-based immigration system is and how it could affect you.

     The basis of the points-based immigration system is to treat EU and non-EU citizens equally, while trying to attract people who can contribute to the UK’s economy. The exception to the new system is that Irish citizens will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK as they currently do now.

What Is A Points-Based Immigration System?

     So, just what is a points-based immigration system? The UK’s Points-Based Immigration System assigns points to people wishing to immigrate to the UK from an EU country. These points are assigned for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions. Those who gain enough points are awarded Visas.

Will EU Citizens Need A Visa To Visit The UK?

     But what about EU citizens and other non-visa nationals who want to visit the UK? The new system states that EU citizens and other non-visa nationals will not require a visa to enter the UK when visiting for up to 6 months. Migrants who are looking to enter the UK for reasons such as work or study will need to apply for a visa in advance.

     There are some exceptions to this rule, however. EU citizens, citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the USA, Singapore and South Korea - with biometric passports will continue to be able to use automatic eGates to cross the UK border.

The New Skilled Worker Route

     What is the new skilled worker route? Under the UK’s all new points-based immigration system, migrants with the highest skill-levels and the most experience will be prioritised for visas. They will need to be able to speak English and pass criminality checks, and the job will need to be at a required skill level of RQF3 or above (equivalent to A level).

Contact Aman Solicitors Advocates

     To learn more about the UK’s Points-Based Immigration System, contact Aman Solicitors Advocates today and speak with a legal professional who can assist you and answer any question you might have.

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