Points Based System
UK Government intends to introduce the new points based system from 01 January 2021. The decision is greatly appreciated by the UK labour market and 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 under the points based system.
Existing Point Based System
The current Points 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.
All the existing categories:
Tier 1 - Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa, Tier 1 Innovator 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 the students.
Tier 5 - This category was introduced in 2008 and covers "workers on a temporary basis"
It Will continue to exist under the new points based system with an addition of Health and Care Visa for the below categories
- 2112 – Biological scientists and biochemists
- 2113 – Physical Scientists
- 2211 – Medical Practitioners
- 2212 – Psychologists
- 2213 – Pharmacists
- 2214 – Ophthalmic Opticians
- 2215 – Dental practitioners
- 2217 – Medical Radiographers
- 2218 – Podiatrists
- 2219 – Health Professionals not elsewhere classified
- 2221 – Physiotherapists
- 2222 – Occupational Therapists
- 2223 – Speech and Language Therapists
- 2229 – Therapy professionals not elsewhere classified
- 2231 – Nurses
- 2232 – Midwives
- 2442 – Social Workers
- 3213 – Paramedics
The Health and care visa is already in operation.
The New points based system will work on a tradable and non-tradeable points system for workers category as below -
There will continue to be mandatory required for TB testing for certain countries and all non-English speaking majority countries national will need to meet the English Language Requirement under the new points based system. There are no real changes to existing categories in the new points based system other than an increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge and removal of resident labour market test. If you want to know more about Points Based System or apply for a UK visa under the new points based system, contact our expert team at Visa and Migration Ltd