UK points-based immigration system - employer information

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What does this involve?

From 1 January 2021, free movement will end and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system.

The new UK points-based immigration system will treat EU1 and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work. Anyone coming to the UK to work, excluding Irish citizens, will need to apply for permission in advance.

Under a points-based immigration system, anyone coming to the UK for work must meet a specific set of requirements for which they will score points. Visas are then awarded to those who gain enough points.

This guide provides an overview of the new system and sets out the steps employers can take to prepare.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This guide is for all employers in the United Kingdom

How long does this take?

This guide will take about 15 minutes to read. There are also two short videos that run for about 25 seconds each.

Important information

The new system will not apply to EU citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020. They and their family members are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and have until 30 June 2021 to make an application.

As a transition measure, employers can continue to accept the passports and national identity cards of EU citizens as evidence of their right to work up until 30 June 2021.

Next steps

Visit the UK Government website for detailed information on the new system. 

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