Points based immigration system from 1st January 2021 
One thing regarding Brexit is certain, that from 1st January 2021, EU and non-EU citizens will be treated the same. The UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. 
 
Applicants will need a minimum of 70 points and must be able to demonstrate that they: 
 
• Have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor – 20 points 
 
• Be at the required skill level (Regulated Qualifications Framework) 3 or above (equivalent to A Level) – 20 points 
 
• Individuals will need to be able to speak English at the required level – 10 points 
 
The above are non-tradeable points. 
 
In addition to the above, applicants will need to be paid the general salary threshold or the going rate for the job – whichever is higher. If they earn less than the minimum salary threshold but no less than £20,480, applicants may be able to exchange characteristics against the lower salary, example a job offer in a shortage occupation as designated by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) or a PhD in a subject relevant to the job offer. 
 
Below are the tradeable points: 
 
• Salary between £20,480 and £23,039 – 0 points 
 
• Salary between £23,040 and £25,599 – 10 points 
 
• Salary earned more than £25,600 – 20 points 
 
• Shortage occupation as designated by MAC – 20 points 
 
• PhD in a subject relevant to the job – 10 points 
 
• PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job – 20 points 
 
EU citizens who were in the UK before the 31st December 2020 – would need to make an application on the EU Settlement Scheme. If you have employees in this category then encourage them to make an application now, even though the deadline for submitting applications is 30th June 2021. Further details can be found on the gov.uk website. 
 
Submit an enquiry via our contact us form today to find out how we can help your business, or call 0781 308 4152 to book a 30 minute consultation with Daxa directly. 
 
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