The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) is an island country that sits north-west of mainland Europe. It is made up of mainland Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and the northern part of the island of Ireland (Northern Ireland). It has numerous smaller islands. The UK is low lying in the east. It has mountains in the north of England, in Scotland, in Northern Ireland and in Wales.
On 31 December 2020,at 11.00 PM, freedom of movement between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) will end. This document sets out further details on how their new immigration system will operate. At the heart of it will be the Points - Based System. This set out how they would fulfill their commitment to the British public to take back control of our borders by ending free movement and introducing a single, global immigration system. The Points-Based System will cater for the most highly skilled workers, students and a range of other specialist work routes including routes for global leaders in their field and innovators.
The Points-Based System will be a fair system, because we will treat people from every part of the world equally. It will also reflect the careful consideration being given to the Windrush Lessons Learned Review produced by Wendy Williams.
Under the new skilled worker system, anyone coming to the UK to work will need to demonstrate that:
The Graduate Visa will be available to international students who have completed a degree in the UK from summer 2021. This will enable international students to remain in the UK and work at any skill level for two years after they have completed their studies. It will be an unsponsored route.
The Intra-company Transfer (ICT) route allows multinational organisations to facilitate temporary moves into the UK for key business personnel through their subsidiary branches, subject to ICT sponsorship requirements being met. The route will require applicants to be in roles skilled to RQF 6 (graduate level equivalent), and subject to a different minimum salary threshold from the main skilled worker route.
|Offer of job by approved sponsor||Mandatory||20|
|Job at appropriate skill level||Mandatory||20|
|Speaks English at required level||Mandatory||10|
|Salary of £20,480 to £23,039 or at least 80% of the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher)||Tradeable||0|
|Salary of £23,040 to £25,599 or at least 90% of the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher)||Tradeable||10|
|Salary of £25,600 or above or at least the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher)||Tradeable||20|
|Job in a shortage occupation as designated by the Migration Advisory Committee||Tradeable||20|
|Education qualification: PhD in a subject relevant to the job||Tradeable||10|
|Education qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job||Tradeable||20|
|Applying from overseas||Applying in-country|
|Skilled Worker||Up to 3 years: £610||Up to 3 years: £704|
|Over 3 years: £1,220||Over 3 years: £1,408|
|Shortage occupation up to 3 years: £464||Shortage occupation up to 3 years: £464|
|Shortage occupation over 3 years: £928||Shortage occupation over 3 years: £928|
|Dependants||£Fess will be same|
|Intra-Company Transfer||Up to 3 years: £610||Up to 3 years: £704|
|Over 3 years: £1,220||Over 3 years: £1,408|
The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code is used to assess the correct skill level and appropriate salary level for specific job roles. All jobs have a corresponding Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code. Each SOC code has a designated skill level. This determines whether the job meets the requirements of the skilled worker route.
The occupations in the SOC are classified at four levels of aggregation to suit the needs of various data users: major group, minor group, broad occupation, and detailed occupation. Each lower level of detail identifies a more specific group of occupations. The 23 major groups, listed below, are divided into 98 minor groups, 459 broad occupations, and 867 detailed occupations.
|13-0000||Business and Financial Operations Occupationss|
|15-0000||Computer and Mathematical Occupations|
|17-0000||Architecture and Engineering Occupations|
|19-0000||Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations|
|21-0000||Community and Social Service Occupations|
|25-0000||Educational Instruction and Library Occupations|
|27-0000||Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations|
|29-0000||Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations|
|31-0000||Healthcare Support Occupations|
|33-0000||Protective Service Occupations|
|35-0000||Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations|
|37-0000||Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations|
|39-0000||Personal Care and Service Occupations|
|41-0000||Sales and Related Occupations|
|43-0000||Office and Administrative Support|
Migrants must demonstrate they have the ability required for the route and the role they are coming to the UK for.
The level of English language ability required is set as appropriate for each relevant route based on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. For example, students at degree level must demonstrate their ability at level B2 (A-Level or equivalent) and skilled workers B1 (ASLevel or equivalent).
The Immigration Skills Charge will be levied on UK employers of skilled workers on the same basis as now Employers who sponsor non-EU migrant workers under Tier 2 (General) and (Intra Company Transfer) will be required, as now, to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC), unless a specific exemption applies.
Employers must pay £1,000 per skilled worker for the first 12 months, with an additional £500 charge for each subsequent six-month period.
Under the Points-Based System we will apply the ISC to sponsoring employers in respect of both EU and non-EU migrant workers.
Discounted rates of £364 per sponsored worker per year will apply as they do now to charities and Small and Medium Enterprises.
Biometric fee will include in the application fee.
PR VALIDITY: 5 YEARS
You should expect up to 6 months of processing time for permanent residency applications made in the UK. Some applications may exceed the time limits, but most applications are decided within 6 months.
A processing fee is applicable, and as of the time of writing, the cost is £2389 for an individual application by post
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