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UK - Future Immigration System

The Home Office is currently conducting a year-long engagement programme across the UK to listen to views of businesses and communities about the UK government’s plan to introduce a new skills-based immigration system from 2021. This skills-based immigration system will follow the end of freedom of movement and will favour experience and talent over nationality.

In line with the recommendations made by the Migration Advisory Committee, the UK government’s proposals are as follows:

  • remove the annual cap on the number of visas issued for skilled workers
  • widen the skills threshold to include people with qualifications equivalent to A levels or Scottish Highers
  • ends the requirements for labour market tests by employers wanting to sponsor a highly skilled worker