In the eve of Brexit, the United Kingdom government has decided to add a few extra skilled occupations to the shortage list, including architects, veterinarians, and web designers.
The Immigration Minister Seema Kennedy announced the expansion of shortage of occupation list, which will give people coming to the UK to work in these industries priority in securing a Tier 2 work visa, over occupations not on the list.
“Giving British based businesses the access to the brightest and best global talent is a key priority for this government. That is why we have made it easier for employers to hire the skilled workers, such as vets and web designers, that this country needs to flourish,” Minister Kennedy said.
As soon as the new changes to the Immigration Rules come into force, employers will be permitted to advertise job vacancies for the newly added occupations to the shortage list, including all nationalities, in order to make it easier for them to attract international talent.
The UK Tier 2 shortage of occupation list (SOL), is a list of occupations which UK’s current citizens cannot fill, but which could be filled by non-EEA workers. The Migration Advisory Committee reviewed the list in May this year, coming up with the proposals on the amendment that have now been applied into law.
According to a press release of the UK government the Home Office has also facilitated the English language requirements, allowing doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives who have already passed an English language test accepted by the relevant professional body, not to sit for another exam before entering the UK on a Tier 2 visa.
“This change will make sure that hospitals and medical practices across the country will be able to access the staff they need more quickly,” the press release read.
Only this week, the United Kingdom Home Office Secretary, Priti Patel has tasked the Migration Advisory Committee to review the Australian immigration systems and other similar systems, in a bid to find update the current UK PBS. The new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised that he would review the current UK Points Based System, in order to make sure that only the right people get UK visas under this scheme.
Whereas, last week, the UK government revealed its plans for a no-deal Brexit, which includes introducing harder border controls. Under the new immigration plans in case of a no-deal Brexit, the blue EU customs channel will be removed, requiring all travelers to make customs declarations by choosing the red or green channel. In addition, blue UK passports will be introduced later this year, getting rid of the burgundy European Union passports.
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