Tuesday 1 December 2020 9:34 PM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Dec 2: New immigration routes will open from next month for applications to work, live and study in the UK from 1 January 2021.
After Brexit, the UK government’s new immigration policy visa process begins. All foreign nationals, including those in the European Union, must apply online for a visa to work in the UK from January 1, 2021. Those with a salary of £25,600 job offer will be entitled to a visa.
From January 2021, the job you’re offered will need to be at a required skill level of RQF3 or above (equivalent to A level). You’ll also need to be able to speak English and be paid the relevant salary threshold by your sponsor. This will either be the general salary threshold of £25,600 or the going rate for your job, whichever is higher.
If you earn less than this – but no less than £20,480 – you may still be able to apply by ‘trading’ points on specific characteristics against your salary. For example, if you have a job offer in a shortage occupation or have a PhD relevant to the job.
Applications for skilled worker visas will be implemented on a point-by-point basis which will be similar to the Australian style point based immigration system. The cost of applying varies between £610 and £1,408, and applicants must show sufficient cash and proof of identity.
Keralites, those who work mostly in the nursing profession will qualify for migration through this route as the salary threshold of most nursing professionals are £25,600. They will also be able to bring in their relatives.
Under the new points system, foreigners working in the UK will get a maximum of 70 points. The ability to speak English will earn 10 points and the job offer approved by the employer will earn 20 points.
Those earning between £23,040 and £25,599 will receive 10 points, those earning more than £25,600 will receive 20 points, and those on the shortage occupation list and those with the right skill level will receive 20 points.
Those who apply with a PhD will get 10 points and those who apply with a PhD in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering will get 20 points.
The main promise of the Tory party’s manifesto was to bring in a point – based immigration system with the main goal to prevent migration of unskilled labor.
Under the previous government under Theresa May the threshold was pegged at £30,000 minimum salary to bring in skilled workers.
But Boris Johnson was reluctant to go ahead with the project. This was due to the concern that the arrival of skilled workers would be hampered due to this.
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From 1 January 2021, anyone arriving into the UK for work, including all EU citizens, will have to demonstrate that they meet certain requirements for which they will score points. A minimum of 70 points will need to be earned to be eligible for a visa to come to the UK to work.
There are mandatory criteria which all entrants must meet to score 50 points:
The applicant must have a job offer from a licensed sponsor,
The job offer must be at or above the minimal skill level, and
The applicant must speak English to an acceptable standard.
Each applicant, having met the mandatory requirements, will then need to obtain at least a further 20 tradeable points. If the applicant is paid higher £25,600 per year or more, they will receive these extra 20 points. If the applicant is paid less than £25,600 but more than £20,480 per year, they may earn the additional points needed to enter if:
their job offer is in a specific shortage occupation (as recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee and subject to change but generally include occupations where there is a national shortage)
the applicant has a PhD qualification relevant to the job
the applicant has a PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job
the job is a listed health/education job and meets the relevant national pay scale
the applicant is a new entrant to the labour market (i.e. they are switching from the Student or Graduate route to the Skilled Worker route; they are under the age of 26 on the date of their application; or they are working towards recognised professional qualifications or are moving directly into postdoctoral positions).
The minimum salary threshold for any applicant, regardless of their ability to achieve additional points, is £20,480 per year.
If the role is to be paid less than this, then the applicant will not be able to earn enough points and will not be eligible for a visa.
The minimum salary is significantly less than the current minimum salary of £30,000.
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