Applicants must also have a job offer with a minimum wage of £ 25,600 per year, with a few exceptions. But the most significant change is the end of the free movement of EU nationals, who will be treated equally on arrivals from outside the bloc.
Industry leaders have already expressed concern over the proposed upheaval and its potential impact on the job market, while universities and colleges are concerned about a potential drop in international students.
Interior Minister Priti Patel will seek to allay concerns on Monday when she will reveal further details and publish a 130-page document that will explain the details of the main routes to immigration to the UK, including for skilled workers and students.
Patel said, “The British people voted to regain control of our borders and introduce a new points-based immigration system. Now that we have left the EU, we are free to unleash the full potential of this country and to implement the changes we need to restore confidence in the immigration system and deliver a new system that is fairer, more firm and skills-based from January 1, 2021. ”
The new immigration system must be implemented in phases to minimize the shock for businesses, especially those that have long depended on cheap EU labor.
The government has already released details of immigration routes designed to address labor market concerns, including a new health and care visa for key health professionals, which will make it easier for them to work. cheaper in the UK.
A new graduate itinerary that will open in the summer of 2021 will allow international students to stay in the UK once they have successfully completed their studies. Students who have completed their undergraduate and master’s studies may stay there for two years and those who have completed a doctorate may stay there for three years.
The Global Talent program allows scientists and researchers to come to the UK without a job offer. A candidate’s job must be at the minimum proficiency level A or equivalent, rather than the diploma level in the current system.
EU citizens residing in the UK by December 31, 2020 will still be able to apply to settle in the UK through the EU settlement system until June 30, 2021.
Nick Thomas-Symonds, the Secretary of State for the Interior, said: “We will be considering visa proposals very carefully. The government has rushed immigration laws with very little detail in the midst of a global pandemic.
“There are real concerns that this will cause major problems for our NHS and our healthcare sector, at a time when we are still waiting for the government to keep its promise to remove the unfair immigration health surcharge for workers who needed access to the very services they kept to help others in the most difficult times. “