The United Kingdom will end the free movement with the European Union taking full control of its territory’s borders, through the new Immigration Bill that has been introduced to the House of Commons last week.
UK points-based immigration system was introduced by the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, Kevin Foster and will become effective on 1 January 2021, after UK’s transition period comes to an end, Visa Guide.World reports.
“Today we’ve taken the momentous first step to end free movement and take back control of our borders, delivering on the people’s priorities,” Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Foster pointed out.
The new plan that follows UK departure from the EU, on 31 January 2020 aims to end free movement, retake the control of UK borders and restore the trust of the British citizens to the UK government.
“Our firmer and fairer points-based immigration system will attract the brightest and best from around the globe, prioritising those who come to Britain based on the skills they have to offer, not on the passport they hold,” Foster added.
Detailed information of the new points-based system in the Immigration Rules will be published later this year, while the main of UK rules will still remain the same.
The rights of Irish citizens will continue to be protected, after Brexit as their status will continue to be the same, as it has been since 1920. Irish citizens will be eligible to enter freely and reside in the UK without any permission required.
Social security arrangements will also be changed from the Immigration Bill. Europan Union citizens as well as EEA, Swiss and other non-visa nationals will not require a visa if they want to enter in the UK and remain in the country for periods longer than three months.
The government will also help to guarantee the rights of EEA citizens that are considered as residents in the UK by the end of the transition period.
In 2019, the UK government introduced a plan that would help to tighten border controls after Brexit, to fight crime in the UK and deport persons who commit crimes.
Under the after-Brexit plan, last month the UK applied another change, which was to bring back the blue-colour passports, after almost three decades.