The UK government yesterday published its policy statement on the UK’s new points based immigration system, which will enter into force from 01.01.2021.
From 01.01.2021, all non-UK nationals (including EU nationals) will require a visa to work or study in the UK.
As a pre-requisite, everyone who applies for a work visa will need to show that they have a job offer from an approved sponsor, that the job offer is at the required skill level and that they speak English.
There will be a basic salary threshold of £25,600 that all individuals who wish to travel to the UK will need to meet.
The salary threshold is ‘tradeable’ against a bare minimum salary of £20,480, where an individual can show that they are able to meet other criterion such as the job being in a shortage occupation or the individual having a PHD in a subject relevant to the job.
The resident labour market test ( requiring an employer to evidence that there are no suitable applicants from those who are already settled in the UK ) will be suspended and individuals earning less than the bare minimum salary of £20,480 will no longer have a route to work in the UK.
For advice on how to prepare your business for the forthcoming changes please contact our specialised Business Immigration Solicitor Vina Madhavji.