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What is the change? The Home Office has unveiled its plans for a new points-based immigration system that will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. This will coincide with the end of free movement from the European Union.
What does the change mean? The single system will apply to non-EU and EU nationals (with the exception of Irish passport holders who may continue to live, study and work in the U.K. without the requirement of obtaining a visa) and require that those coming to work in the U.K. have a job offer and meet income thresholds as well as a points threshold under the points system. There will no longer be a route for low-skilled foreign workers.
Analysis & Comments: The plan adopts many of the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations and provides a blueprint for U.K. companies to begin planning for recruitment and talent acquisition and retention when free movement ends on Dec. 31. Employers are reminded that under the transition period, EU citizens who are living in the U.K. as of the end of 2020 may apply under the EU Settlement Scheme until June 30, 2021.
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