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Migrant Workers: Proposed Changes

The UK Government’s recent paper outlines plans for a new immigration system which will become effective from 1 January 2021. They main thrust of the changes is a desire to treat both EU and non-EU migrants (including citizens of the EEA and Switzerland) equally.


At the time of writing, the details are scant however some of the key changes proposed are summarised below:


  • Applicants must score a total of 70 points in order to become eligible to apply


  • Points can be obtained by demonstrating a job offer by an approved sponsor (20 points); having a job at an appropriate skill level (20 points); English language proficiency (10 points).


Further points can be obtained depending on the level of salary; whether the job is in the shortage occupation list and the level of qualification (PhD) obtained by the migrant


Other notable changes


  • An end to the low skilled or temporary worker route – jobs will need to be skilled to at least Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 3 as opposed to RQF Level 6 as required under the current system


  • An end to the Residential Labour Market Test


  • An end to the cap on the number of migrants who can come on the skilled worker route


  • A reduction of the general salary threshold from £30,000 to £25,600


  • An ability to trade points between salary and qualifications for jobs paying less than the minimum threshold


It is anticipated that further details will be published in the coming months.


At Montpelier Solicitors, we can assist both corporate and private clients in navigating the complex immigration rules surrounding the recruitment of migrant workers.


For a bespoke quote on our business immigration services or for a free initial consultation, please contact our immigration team.

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