The UK government announced on Tuesday a new points-based immigration system. The new system, which takes effect from 1 January 2021, will end free movement. The new system will apply equally to European union and non-European union workers will be assessed by the same system to determine whether they can enter the country to work.
The government said new visa applications will be conditioned on the government’s own definition of skilled workers. Skilled workers will need to meet a number of relevant criteria. This includes specific skills and the ability to speak English, to be able to work in the UK. This will provide greater flexibility and ensure UK business has access to a wide pool of skilled workers, the Home Office said.