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New Points-Based Immigration System: How Will It Work?

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Migrants will need 70 points to be eligible to live and work in the UK following the implementation of the new points-based immigration system.

A job offer by an approved sponsor (a company can apply to the home office to be a sponsor) or a job at an appropriate skill level is worth 20 points respectively. Moreover, if the occupation of the migrant is in an industry where there is a job shortage, it will be worth an additional 20 points.

A PhD in a subject relevant to their job, or a PhD in a STEM subject relevant to their job, is worth 10 and 20 points respectively.

A salary of £20,480 to £23,039 will not be awarded any points. £23,040 to £25,599 will be worth 10 points and an annual salary of £25,600 or above will be worth 20 points.

Speaking English to a required level will be worth 10 points.

There will not be any formal immigration route specifically for those who do not meet the criteria set out above, for instance, lower-skilled workers.

The above will be brought into effect on January 1st 2021; freedom of movement will end, and citizens, EU and non-EU, will be treated equally.

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Initiatives are being discussed and brought forwards in some cases, which would see scientists, graduates and NHS workers with a different immigration route.

The graduate immigration route is being planned for the summer of 2021. It will be available to any international student who has studied and completed their degree within the UK. It will enable those graduates to stay in the UK whilst working at any skill level for up to two years after the end of their studies.

The new system does not apply to EU citizens already residing in the United Kingdom, or those who come to live here by December 31st 2020. EU citizens and their family members are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and have until June 30th 2021 to do so.

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A country that cannot control its own borders and immigration is a sorry state (literally) for it cannot protect its citizens, it’ll have its government’s systems abused and it cannot budget for things accurately. This new system puts a stop to that.

It allows the UK to monitor its immigration in a sensible and controlled way. It is a system that benefits the UK and benefits those who come to it.

Under this new system, points are awarded for how valuable you are to the UK. It creates an opportunity for flexible arrangements for skilled workers through an employer-led system.

No longer will we have to support those who come to the UK to get ‘help’ because their own government won’t provide it. We can choose.

Immigration ruins many countries throughout the world but with this system, we can use immigration to make our country better and more prosperous.

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Once again, the Conservatives are looking out for the ordinary folk of the United Kingdom – making our country safer, looking after the economy and delivering the Brexit that people voted for – taking back control of our borders.