The United Kingdom is ready to welcome the best and brightest global talent when the transition period ends, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced while revealing more details regarding the UK’s points-based immigration system.

Home Secretary Patel has stressed that the new system will treat citizens from all around the world equally. He said that the system “gives us control of our borders”, and help deliver a thriving economy for years to come.

Patel reminded that Britons voted to take back control of UK borders, VisaGuide.World reports.

“Now we have left the EU, we are free to unleash this country’s full potential and implement the changes we need to restore trust in the immigration system and deliver a new fairer, firmer, skills-led system from January 1 2021,” he added.

According to him, Britain is open for business and ready to welcome the best and brightest global talent.

He said that the new immigration system will be implemented in phases to ensure smooth delivery, while new details will give employers time to be more prepared. New immigration routes include:

  • a new Health and Care Visa for crucial health professionals will make it easier and cheaper for health professionals to work in the UK, ensuring the NHS has continued access to the top global talent
  • a new graduate route opening in Summer 2021 will allow international students to stay in the UK once they have completed their studies – students who have completed undergraduate and master’s degrees will be able to stay for two years and those who have completed Ph.D. can stay for three years, making it easier for some of the best, international graduates to secure skilled jobs in the UK and contribute to the UK’s economic growth

Through the Global Talent Scheme,  highly-skilled scientists and researchers will be eligible to enter the UK without having a job offer, and the student route will permit talented students to develop their knowledge in UK universities.

“By broadening opportunity and boosting competitiveness, the Graduate and Global Talent visas are key to ensuring that the UK remains a world-leading environment for research and innovation and that our universities continue to bring together the brightest and best minds from around the world,” Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli pointed out.

Persons who want to apply via the skilled worker route are required to meet some criteria, like having a job offer at the appropriate skill level and the ability to speak English.

“Across all sectors, Indian businesses bring in highly skilled nationals from around the world to help UK plc grow and compete. From high tech to haute cuisine, engineering to drug design, a smooth, skills-focused immigration system should help Indian companies across the economy to flourish in Britain in the years ahead,” Jim Bligh, Chair of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) UK India Business Forum,  said.

In February this year, UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel stressed that from the new points-based immigrant system, will take profit only the applicants who will gain enough points from specific skills, qualifications, salaries, or professions. He had said that the new decision will come to force from January 1, 2021,  and will bring the migration numbers down.

All European Union citizens residents in the UK are still eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, until June 30, 2021.

The European Union Settlement Scheme has been created for Swiss citizens as well as  EU, EEA nationals, including their family members living in Britain who want to stay in the country after the UK leaves the EU. The scheme grants eligible applicants with settled and pre-settled status, enabling them to continue living in the UK after June 30, 2021.

According to a recent press release of the United Kingdom’s government related to the Scheme, up to 3.6 million European Union citizens have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme. In contrast, 3.3 million persons have now been granted status so far.

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