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New UK Immigration Rules: Indians will benefit when Priti Patel unveils a new point-based immigration system | World News


Thousands of more highly qualified Indians could potentially get full-time jobs in Britain starting next year when the UK launches a new point-based immigration system.

In the biggest shake of its immigration system in 50 years, Britain will shift an unlimited flow of workers from Europe to a controlled flow of skilled workers from around the world, including India.

The new system, inspired by the Australian points-based immigration system, will be effective as of January 1, 2021. Points will be assigned for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions in order to attract people from all over the world. World with the highest skills. The new single global system will treat citizens of the EU and outside the EU equally. So far there has been a limit on the number of Level 2 visas issued, but there will be no limit on the number of visas of skilled workers issued. The system will replace the free movement that currently exists between the United Kingdom and the EU, which allows an unlimited number of EU citizens to live and work in the United Kingdom and vice versa, without the need for any visa.

The secretary of the Interior, Priti Patel, launched the new scheme that, according to her, “will unleash the full potential of this country” on Wednesday. “We will attract the best and brightest from around the world, boosting the economy and our communities,” he said.

Significantly, there will be no specific route to Britain for low-skilled workers under the new post-Brexit scheme. The Interior Ministry said it estimated that 70 percent of the existing EU workforce in Britain would not meet the requirements of the skilled workers’ route.

“We are putting an end to free movement, retaking control of our borders and fulfilling people’s priorities by introducing a new immigration system based on points in the United Kingdom, which will reduce overall migration numbers,” Patel said. .

Qualified immigrants from around the world, including India, will require 70 points to be eligible to enter the UK to work.

A job offer, a salary of £ 25,600 per year, the ability to speak English and a grade A or equivalent qualification will be mandatory. Under the current Tier 2 scheme, skilled workers need a degree and a minimum wage of £ 30,000. The Interior Ministry said the new criteria provide greater flexibility and ensure that UK companies have access to a large group of skilled workers.

Points will be issued for different factors such as having a job offer, being able to speak English, having a doctorate. on a topic relevant to the job, or take a job in a shortage occupation.

Amit Tiwari, president of INSA (National Student Association of India) said: “Many Indian students want to put experience in their qualifications, so they would appreciate the lower salary threshold for when they have to convert their visa.”

“The lower salary threshold means that qualified Indians are easily the biggest winner,” said Pratik Dattani, managing director of EPG. “This new point system finally gives clarity about Britain’s vision for the future. The main flaw is that the policy change will exacerbate Britain’s chronic shortage of labor in vocational skills, which have depended so much on Eastern Europeans. ”

“With the focus on attracting highly qualified people, this should be good news for ambitious and well-qualified Indians and for companies in the UK that want to hire the best talent,” said Kevin McCole, managing director of the Council of Indian business of the United Kingdom.

Highly qualified scientists and researchers, including those who are EU citizens, will be the only group that will be allowed to come to the UK without a job offer. The number of temporary worker visas will quadruple from 2,500 to 10,000 and EU citizens will be able to visit the UK without a visa for up to six months.

Carolyn Fairbairn, general manager of CBI, which represents 190,000 British companies, said: “The companies will welcome several aspects of the new system, particularly abolishing the limit of qualified visas and reducing the minimum wage threshold of £ 30,000. However, in some sectors companies will ask how they will recruit the people needed to manage their businesses. Care, construction, hospitality, food and beverage companies could be the most affected. A regularly reviewed list of shortage occupations, with promises of greater flexibility, will be vital to the effectiveness of the new system. ”

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