White Paper outlines post-Brexit rules for MigrantsDecember 20, 2018
The UK government has published a White Paper detailing plans for the post-Brexit UK immigration system which is expected to be implemented from 1 January 2021. The much delayed White Paper – a document setting out proposed new immigration laws before they are formalised into a Government bill.
The White Paper proposes an immigration system based on skills and experience rather than country of origin. The White Paper includes the following proposals:
- Reviewing the Salary Threshold: The White Paper confirms that a public consultation on the current minimum salary requirement of £30,000 for Tier 2 (General) Visa applications will be reviewed. It is this point which would appear to be the catalyst for a delay on the release of the White Paper.
- Removing the Tier 2 Quota: The White Paper accepts a recommendation from the independent Migration Advisory Committee to scrap the current limit of 20,700 per year on workers classed as high-skilled coming to the UK using “Tier 2” visas. The quota was reached for the monthly allocation between December 2017 and July 2018.
- Removing the need to Advertise under Tier 2 (General): The White Paper proposes to remove the requirement for employers to complete the Resident Labour Market Test before sponsoring a migrant under the Tier 2 (General) Visa category.
- New Visa for Low-Skilled Workers: The White Paper proposes to create a new visa category for low-skilled workers permitting for the visa to be granted for up to 12 months. There will be a “cooling off period” after a year, meaning people will be expected to leave the UK and not reapply for a further 12 months.
- No Visa for EU Visitors: The White Paper outlines that EU nationals would be permitted to enter the UK for short-term trips as tourists or business visitors without a formal visa.
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