24 Feb Proposed Immigration Reforms Do Not Affect Foreign Workers Already In The UK
The government’s proposed immigration reforms will not affect the status of foreign workers already in the UK. Neither will there be consequences for those wanting to change jobs.
The proposed rules however will change in the future for all those wanting to work in the UK
The automatic right of citizens from European Economic Area countries to live and work in the UK irrespective of their salary or skill level will end.
After the Brexit transition periods which ends on 31st December this year the proposed rules will apply to both EU and Non EU citizens.
There is then effectively a “window” ending 31st December this year for EU citizens who want to work in the UK to make the move. Those who have started work in the UK before that date can apply for Pre-Settled Status and then apply for Settled Status once they have five years’ continuous residence in the UK
Pay levels and categories as currently proposed
The proposed salary threshold for skilled workers from all counties wanting to come to the UK will be lowered from £30,000 to £25,600.
The definition of skilled workers will be expanded to include those educated to A-level/Scottish Highers-equivalent standard, not just graduate level, as is currently the case.
Waiting tables and certain types of farm worker will however, be removed from the new skilled category, but new additions would include carpentry, plastering and childminding.
However, the threshold will be as low as £20,480 for people in “specific shortage occupations” – which currently include nursing, civil engineering, psychology and classical ballet dancing – or those with PhDs relevant to a specific job.
A “points-based” immigration system will be introduced and overseas citizens would have to reach 70 points to be able to work in the UK.
Speaking English and having the offer of a skilled job with an “approved sponsor” would give them 50 points.
More points would be awarded for qualifications, the salary on offer and working in a sector with shortages.
Low-skilled workers will not get visas under the proposed new rules.
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