LEGAL MINUTE: new immigration system in the UK

The government set out the details of the UK’s points-based immigration system. These new arrangements will take effect from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement with the EU has ended. From LondonHelp4u.

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Low-skilled workers would not get visas under post-Brexit immigration plans unveiled by the government. It is urging employers to “move away” from relying on “cheap labour” from Europe and invest in retaining staff and developing automation technology. From BBC.

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Migration will be limited to skilled workers who have a job offer, speak English and command a salary of at least £25,600 a year. From Telegraph.

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EU nationals and their family members in the UK throughout the transition period should not be asked for proof of settled or pre-settled status to access healthcare, to rent property or to gain employment until 1 January 2021. From Free Movement.

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Priti Patel: With Brexit done it is time to deliver promised points-based immigration system and take back control of who we let in. From The Sun.

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A six-year-old boy who has lived in the UK all of his life has been prevented from returning home to his mother following a holiday after the Home Office revoked his passport. From Independent.

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There has been a 10% drop in the number of skilled workers from overseas applying to work in private companies since the Brexit vote, a new report suggests. From Metro.

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A 95-year-old Italian man who has been in the UK for 68 years has been asked to prove he is resident in the country by the Home Office in order to remain after Brexit, despite receiving the state pension for the past 32 years. From The Guardian.

New immigration system: what you need to know

The UK is introducing a points-based immigration system from 2021.

Visa application process

New immigration routes will open from autumn 2020 for applications to work, live and study in the UK from 1 January 2021.

Skilled workers

The points-based system will include a route for skilled workers who have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor.

From January 2021, the job you’re offered will need to be at a required skill level of RQF3 or above (equivalent to A level). You’ll also need to be able to speak English. The minimum general salary threshold will be reduced to £25,600.

Low-skilled workers

There will not be an immigration route specifically for low-skilled workers.

International students and graduates

Student visa routes will be opened up to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.

A new graduate immigration route will be available to international students who have completed a degree in the UK from summer 2021. You’ll be able to work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to 2 years.

Visiting the UK

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and other non-visa nationals will not require a visa to enter the UK when visiting the UK for up to 6 months.

From gov.uk

LEGAL MINUTE: the news about immigration and Brexit

A 101-year-old Italian man who has been in London since 1966 was asked to get his parents to confirm his identity by the Home Office after he applied to stay in the country post-Brexit. From The Guardian.

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MIGRATION NATION Unskilled migration will plummet by 90,000 under Boris Johnson’s plans for Aussie-style points based migration. From The Sun.

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Boris Johnson to ignore government’s own experts and launch ‘pointless’ Australia-style points-based immigration system. From Independent.

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‘At home I feared the war. Here I feared the Home Office’: the female refugees left destitute in the UK. From The Guardian.

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Couples forced to live thousands of miles apart by cruel immigration rules brought their fight for family rights to the Home Office today. A group of campaigners and partners took part in a “Valentine’s Day lobby,” to submit a 40,000-signature petition demanding that the minimum income requirement (MIR) be scrapped. From Morning Star.