UK: Points-Based Immigration System Updated

The UK has updated its points-based immigration system that went live in 2021. In the system, a worker outside the UK is assessed and scored on criteria related to mandatory and tradeable job skills, salary and language-proficiency requirements. Workers whose points add up to specific thresholds are eligible for a visa. A company must register as a licensed sponsor to hire such workers, but the rules do not apply to those eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme.

As an example, a skilled worker must earn a minimum of 70 points, comprised of mandatory points earned for getting a job offer from an approved sponsor (20), going to a job at an appropriate skill level (20) and speaking a required level of English (10). The remaining 20 points can come from areas such as meeting salary thresholds (10-20), occupations facing a talent shortage (20) and advanced doctorate degrees (10-20). There are several other routes to a visa that may not require company sponsorships. Graduate student qualifications, health and care visas, and intra-company transfers are examples. (See a related article on the Brexit Trade Deal.)

Takeaway: The pandemic taught businesses that much work can be accomplished when workers operate from remote locations. UK-based businesses may engage talent outside the country, but they should consider the new points-based immigration system and how the update may impact the way they hire from the EU. Prepare in advance, knowing registering as a licensed sponsor may take a few months and involve some fees. The government’s Hiring From the EU site and introduction for employers report feature step-by-step guidance to help companies navigate the changes.


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This update contains general information only, and AGS is not rendering legal advice. Before making any decision or taking any action that may affect your business, you should consult qualified legal counsel. AGS shall not be responsible for any loss whatsoever sustained by any person or company who relies on this update.