According to a white paper released by the UK government, the processing of work visas will take an easier route for skilled applicants who wish to work in the UK. The new visa regulations will come into effect by 2020.
All non-European workers will no longer be placed under yearly immigration caps before they can come and work in the UK by the time white paper becomes effective in December 2020.
Currently, an applicant has to be highly-skilled before they can be allowed to work in the UK, but the white paper reveals that the requirement will be brought down to “skilled.” These skilled workers will be required first to get a job offer before they enter the UK. They will also be required to have a qualification not ranking below the A-Level; in other words, a Higher School Certificate.
No more caps to be imposed on the number of skilled workers
UK’s Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, said the UK has no plans to place a cap on the number of skilled workers who wish to come to the UK. This way, opportunities will be there for the best and brightest to come to the UK. Employers in the UK too will be able to hire the best hands that will contribute positively to the country’s economy.
Although the UK government is yet to define what it means by, “skilled,” the Cabinet is already debating on the need to bring down the suggested minimum salary threshold of £30,000 to make it easier for nurses and agricultural workers to move to Britain.
More info in the white paper reveals that the new visa system will be a single route which will be open to both the highly skilled and the skilled from all over the world. Applicants who intend to come to the UK through this scheme will require the sponsorship of their employer.
The UK government is planning as part of this review, allowing successful applicants to come along with their dependents, switch to other visa schemes or extend their stay. In some cases, they will be able to settle permanently in the UK.
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