Firms urged to prepare for new UK immigration rules

Businesses are being urged to prepare for the introduction of the UK’s new points-based immigration system, as free movement ends and the way businesses hire from the EU changes.

From the 1st January 2021, businesses wishing to recruit from outside the UK will need to be a 'licensed sponsor'.

The removal of the Resident Labour Market Test, a lowered skills and salary threshold, and a suspended cap on skilled workers will, it is hoped, make it simpler for businesses to access the talent they need.

Minister for future borders and immigration, Kevin Foster, said the new points-based system will be fairer and firmer, and will be based on the skills individuals have to offer -- not where they come from.

"We will be able to decide who comes into the country, allowing us to prioritise and invest in those people already in the UK, upskilling our current work force, whilst also attracting the best and brightest from around the world to complement the skills we already have," he explained.

"It is vital that employers are prepared for the implementation of the new points-based immigration system, which is why the Home Office is providing certainty and support on the system now."

The Government is also introducing special schemes to enable more scientists, academics, investors, entrepreneurs, and health and care workers to come to the UK easily.

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