The UK’s future skills-based Immigration System
The UK Government have published the Immigration White Paper. It sets out the Government’s proposals for the design of a new immigration system. The key elements of this are:
* a skilled workers route open to all nationalities;
* lowering of the skills threshold on the skilled workers route to include medium-skilled workers (to RQF 3-5, equivalent to A-Levels), with a retention of the £30K salary threshold, but businesses will be consulted on this – this is in parallel to the ongoing review of the Shortage Occupations List being conducted by the Migration Advisory Committee;
* no cap on numbers on the skilled workers route, meaning that business will be able to hire any suitable qualified migrant;
* the abolition of the resident labour market test;
* a new “transitional” time limited route for temporary short-term workers of all skill levels, including seasonal low-skilled workers, which will allow workers to come to the UK for a maximum of 12 months, with a subsequent 12 month “cooling off” period (again, these will be subject to consultation). However, this route will only be open to workers from a limited number of “low risk” countries. This is set out on p16-17 of the White Paper; and
* an extension to the post-study period for all international students.
A link to the full document is provided here (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uks-future-skills-based-immigration-system).