UK’s New Immigration System

Do you have questions regarding the UK’s new Points-Based Immigration System? Find answers to all your questions here!

When does this system come into effect?

The UK’s new Points-Based Immigration System comes into effect from January 1, 2021. That is also the date by which the visa-free entry for Europeans will be terminated.

Are you curious to know the benefits of this system for Indians? Watch the video below!

What is the UK’s New Points-Based Immigration System all about?

In a nutshell, from January 2021, the UK government will open its doors to skilled workers from all over the world basis a points-based system. You will get points for:

  • Offer of job by an approved sponsor (who is an approved sponsor?)
  • A job at an appropriate skill level (we will discuss this in the FAQ below)
  • English language ability at the required level
  • The salary you are offered by your employer in the UK
  • A job in a shortage occupation list of the UK (we will discuss this in the FAQ below)
  • Educational qualification (If you a PhD in a relevant subject, you get more points)

Do I need to satisfy all of these points?

No, only the first three. As per the guidelines by the Government of UK in their policy statement, all skilled workers wanting to come to the UK must have:

  • A valid job offer from a licensed sponsor
  • A job at an appropriate skill level
  • English language ability at the required level

Additionally, you will also have to meet the minimum salary threshold, which is now set at £26,500 but varies for different jobs.

If you happen to qualify for the three points listed above, then you will get a total of 50 points. If you also fulfill one (or more) of the conditions set out by the UK, then you can be eligible to apply for the work visa.

How will the UK’s New Points-Based Immigration System impact Indians?

Almost everything for students wanting to pursue a degree in the UK remains the same. For Indians wanting to work in the UK, they can apply for jobs which:

  • Are offered by an approved sponsor
  • Are at the required skill level

In addition to this you will have to prove that you have the English language ability at the required level. If you fulfill all three conditions, you will get 50/70 points.You need a total of 70 points.

How many points do I need to be eligible to apply for a work visa?

You need a sum total of 70 points in order to be able to apply for a worker visa in the UK.

This is how the points distribution looks like:

Point-Based System Screenshot
Taken from GOV.UK

If you want to understand how this table works, watch the video here.

What is the minimum salary threshold?

The minimum salary threshold means the minimum amount of salary you would need to get in order to be eligible to submit your application. However, since it is not an essential condition, even if you earn less than £23,000 but have relevant qualifications like a PhD and your job in shortage application list, you will be able to apply. However, note that your total points will have to be 70 in order for you to become eligible.

What are the benefits of the UK’s New Points Based Immigration System for Indians?

The biggest benefit for Indians is that all your qualifications and your English language ability will be appreciated. Moreover, the minimum salary threshold to be able to apply for these jobs has come down to £26,500. Since, after Jan 2021, you will no longer facing competition from Europeans for jobs, your chances of securing a job within the UK are predicted to get higher.

Does the new Points-Based System affect students?

No. If a student has a valid offer from an approved academic institution, can speak English and provide proof of finances, they will be allowed to apply for the study visa.

What are some common jobs in the shortage occupation list?

Some common jobs in the shortage occupation list are:

  • Medical Practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Architects
  • Arts officers, producers and directors
  • Programme and Software development professionals

These are just some of the jobs in the shortage occupation list.

How will I know if my job is in a shortage occupation list?

You can refer to the list of jobs in the shortage of occupation list here.

What does job at a required skill level mean?

(Answer coming soon.)

What if I get a job in the UK where my salary is less than £23,000?

If that is the case, then you will need to see two things:

  • Whether your job is in the shortage occupation list (which you can find here)
  • Whether you have a PhD in a STEM/non-STEM subject

If you happen to have either of these, and your total points are 70, then you will be able to apply for the work visa.

I have a degree from the UK. Will that help in securing a job using the new system?

Yes. Although the current policy guidelines do not cover the students who have a degree from the UK, it is stated that a degree from the UK will be taken into account if the application does not meet the minimum salary threshold.

What happens to the lower-skilled workers?

Since the main source of cheap labour for the UK employers was Europe, that will not be the case after December 2020. Moreover, there is no route in existence for lower-skilled workers anymore.

Do the family or ancestral routes of going to the UK fall under the points-based system?

No, they don’t.

When should I think of researching for jobs and applying?

Since we do not have the complete information yet, you can begin your research for work. However, you should start applying by the end of this year. Or whenever the UK government brings out another update, whichever is earlier.

What does it mean by tradeable skills?

Let’s say that you are a university researcher in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subject. You have received a job offer of £22,000. But, you checked to see that the minimum threshold for that job is £24,000. However, you have a PhD in a relevant subject. Therefore, you will still be able to apply as you would be able to show that you have the required skills for the job.

Interested in studying in the UK? Or just wondering what life in UK is like? Check out Study in the UK, and Life in the UK for more information about each.

All information on this page has been taken from GOV.UK. I do not own this information, I am simply assisting my users in understanding the information listed on the government’s website.