Internationals who wish to continue to live in the United Kingdom, after December 31, 2020, will have to fill an online application, as the post-Brexit points-based visa and immigration system has opened its doors for applicants from yesterday December 1.
According to the UK’s Home Office, applicants for the new Skilled Worker Visa, are permitted to apply to live and work in Britain, from January 1, 2021, when the UK is officially outside of the European Union, VisaGuide.World reports.
However, persons interested in a skilled worker visa will need a job offer, and also have excellent knowledge of the English language. They will also need to earn up to £25,600. This kind of visa lasts for more than five years before it needs to be extended.
Together with the work visa, several other visas are now open for applicants, among them Global Talent, Innovator and Start-Up visas, which can be obtained by persons who show that they have exceptional talent or promise in fields of science, humanities, engineering, science, medicine, technology, culture and arts.
“This government promised to end free movement, to take back control of our borders and to introduce a new points-based immigration system. Today, we have delivered on that promise,” Home Secretary Priti Patel pointed out.
According to the Home Secretary, “this simple, effective and flexible system” ensures employers that they can recruit skilled professionals that they need, and encourages them to train and invest in Britain’s workforce.
“We are also opening routes for those who have an exceptional talent or show exceptional promise in the fields of engineering, science, tech or culture,” Patel pointed out.
The Home Office statement has stressed that “once someone outside the UK has gone through all these steps, they will usually get a decision within three weeks.”
Applicants will be required to have sufficient money, in order to cover the application fee, that ranges between 610 pounds to 1,408 pounds, and a healthcare surcharge (624 pounds per year) as well as to be able to support themselves (by having more than 1,270 pounds available).
Since January 31, 2020, when the United Kingdom left the European Union, it has been in a transition period, planned to last 11 months. During these months both the UK and EU have sought to reach an agreement regarding trade and other issues.
The United Kingdom’s government is finalizing its preparations for leaving the EU officially, as well as the EU’s single market.
Authorities in Britain also announced that they are planning to set up another Border Operations Centre, which would ensure the observation of passengers and goods coming in and out of Britain’s ports at any time.
In October, Home Office announced that it received more than four million applications for the EU Settlement Scheme, which shows that the milestone was reached eight months before the deadline, June 30, 2021.
Through the EU Settlement Scheme citizens of EU, EEA and Switzerland, together with their family members can continue to live in Britain, even before the end of the UK’s transition period.
In October, the Home Office initiated a new campaign through which the business sector can get detailed information about the new-based immigration system that will be presented after December 31.
The campaign was planned to inform the business sector regarding the changes that will be applied and the way they hire from the European Union countries.