This week the government published a policy statement on the new immigration points system. We have collated the key points to be aware of at this stage. These can be downloaded in a printable format below.
There will NOT be a low skilled or temporary work route.
UKVI are working on simplifying the Immigration Rules and will outline their streamlined and simplified system in due course.
The long term aim is for everyone (except British and Irish citizens) to have / need an Electronic Travel Authority- i.e. an e-visa.
The general salary threshold for a skilled worker reduces from £30,000 to £25,600.
A lower salary (but minimum of £20,480) can be used if 'tradable points' allow - these tradable points will be given for jobs in shortage or those requiring a PhD.
The skill level of sponsored jobs reduces from RQF6 to RQF3 (i.e. from degree level to A level)
The resident labour market test is to be removed.
Applicants will need a job offer from a UKVI licensed sponsor.
Further details are to be published in due course, but elements of the new system may be available from the autumn in advance of full roll out from 1 Jan 2021.
Tier 1 has already been changed with a wider range of those with a background in STEM subjects.
An additional unsponsored route is to be created for those 'most highly skilled workers to come to the UK without a job offer' - is this a return to HSMP?
There will be no dedicated route for self employed people.
The immigration skills surcharge on employers will continue to apply.
Passports and ID cards of EU citizens will continue to prove 'right to work' up until 30 June 2021.
Ultimately, UKVI aim to have a fully digital end to end process replacing "insecure identity documents".
UKVI aim to start awareness raising with stakeholders in the next few weeks and months.