The new points-based immigration system

For anyone employing or planning to employ EU and non-EU nationals, the system is changing from 1 January 2021 when the government will be introducing a new points based system. Alex Russell gives an overview of what employers need to know about the new proposals.

What do we know about the new immigration system proposed by the Government?

On 19 February 2020, the Government published a Policy Statement setting out details of the immigration system it proposes to implement with effect from 1 January 2021.   EU freedom of movement will end on 31 December 2020.   Broadly speaking, the proposal is for a unified set of rules to cover EU and non-EU nationals alike under a points-based system.   It is not the radical overhaul of the immigration system that many people anticipated.   Instead, it is essentially an extension of the Tier 2 visa system currently in operation for non-EU nationals, with some streamlining and additional flexibility. 


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