Everything you should know about the UK points based system

UK points based system

UK Government intends to introduce the new points based system from 0next year. know more about the welcomes hundreds of foreign nationals every year for employment. The country will likely have a well-defined immigration law in place for migrant workers in the UK.

The new system wills after Brexit will treat the EU and non-EU migrants equally. From January 1st, 2021 all EU migrants will also have to apply to get permission to work in the UK under the new Points Based System. Irish citizens will continue to enjoy the free movement to work in the UK.

 

Who can apply under Points Based System?

The current Point based system allows UK employers to hire and bring non-EU skilled workers to the UK for an appropriate job role with an appropriate salary. However with new immigration rules in place, the same will apply to the EU citizens coming to the UK to work or study also.

Under the current point-based visa system the UK has 5 Tier visa categories as the following:

Tier 1 – Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa, Tier 1 Investor Visa, and Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

Tier 2 – This category is for skilled workers.

Tier 3 – This category does not exist anymore.

Tier 4 – This category is for all students.

Tier 5 – This category was introduced in 2008 and covers “workers on a temporary basis”

These visa categories grant workers to come to the UK. They can apply under the appropriate Tier depending upon their skill, nature of the job, salary, and other requirements that are there in the different Tiers of visas. You are given certain points for meeting each requirement in the current system.

 

How to earn points?

UK Points based UK Visa system offers points against the following:

  1. Having a job from an approved employer in the UK – 20 points
  2. Having a job offer at an appropriate skill level – 20 points
  3. English speaking ability at a sufficient level – 10 points
  4. Having been offered the minimum salary of £25,600 or more – 20 points
  5. Having been offered the salary between £23,040 and £25,599 – 10 points
  6. Having been offered the salary between £20,480 and £23,040) – 0 points

If all the points are added here the total happens to be 70 points which are the minimum and sufficient points for an applicant to come to the UK under the points-based visa category.

You can also earn extra points as mentioned below:
  1. Having done a Ph.D. in a subject that is relevant to your job – 10 points
  2. Having done Ph.D. in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) – 20 points
  3. Having a job offer that has a shortage as designated by the Migration Advisory Committee – 20 points

Now it is important to note that you cannot trade points for the first 3 requirements mentioned here which are to have a job offer from an approved employer in the UK, a job offer at an appropriate level, and English speaking ability at a sufficient level. Only the minimum salary condition can be traded with other things. So, if your salary is between £20,480 (which is the minimum threshold) and £25,600 then you can still get 20 points if you are coming to the UK to work in Health or education center. Similarly, if your salary is between £20,480 and £23,040 and you are not coming to do the work in the health or education sector you can still get 70 points in total if you have a Ph.D. degree in STEM subjects.

 

A new rule coming in for those coming to the UK to study

A new graduate visa will be coming in next year in 2021. This will allow all the students from outside the UK who have completed a degree to stay in the UK for 2 years and 3 years for those who have done a Ph.D.

There will be no cap on the number of students who wish to come to the UK to study.

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