New post-Brexit immigration system
On 19 February 2020, the Home Secretary announced the government’s proposals for a system that did not distinguish between EU nationals and non-EU nationals. Free movement of EU nationals will end on 31 December 2020. The government has published initial details on the new system that would come into effect on 1 January 2021.
Applicants will need to score 70 points to qualify for permission to work in the UK. Some characteristics are mandatory. These are English language ability, having a job offer from a UK sponsor and the job being at an appropriate level of skill.
The salary for the job must be above the minimum threshold of £20,480. Other characteristics are tradeable to bring the score to 70. These are salary, having a PhD in a relevant subject or a STEM subject and the job being in a shortage occupation.
Businesses who rely on low-skilled workers from outside the UK are likely to find it more difficult to recruit, although there is some sector-specific provision for agriculture. Visa costs will also apply to EU citizens. The government intends to allow applications from autumn 2020, in preparation for the 1 January 2021 changes. If your business recruits EU nationals, but you are not currently a sponsor, we can help you apply for a licence.
This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published.