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New UK Immigration system

Once the UK leaves the European Union (EU), a new immigration system will be introduced to replace the EU’s freedom of movement rule. The government favours a “points-based system” which can take different factors like skills and language into account when awarding visas.

The Migration Advisory Committee recommended the use of points – earned on factors like age, qualifications and previous study in the UK – only for more highly-skilled migrants without a job offer.

Key recommendations include:

  •  Retaining the Tier 2 (General) skilled worker route, because “the combination of skill eligibility and a salary threshold works well for an employer-driven system”.
  • Reducing the minimum salary threshold to around £25,600, instead of the £30,000 recommended in the MAC’s last major report.
  • Turning Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) into a points based route for skilled workers without a job offer, since at the moment it “does not work well” anyway.

For more advice or assistance on the new rules please contact Leena Chouhan on on 0203 818 5433 or email: