Foreignway | November 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

New UK Immigration System | Points-based


The European Union’s rule on free movement will come to end on Thursday 5th March when the immigration bill will be intruded upon by the government. By ending the free movement, and bringing European citizens under UK immigration control the bill will enable the newly announced UK points-based system from 1st January 2021. This new UK immigration system is different and unique for the people.

The newly introduced system treats Europeans and non-Europeans citizens equally. If you want to hire someone from outside the UK, excluding Irish citizens, will need to apply for permission in advance.

This is a news about the new UK Immigration System which is points-based.


Skilled worker route

Excluding Irish citizens, you will need a sponsor license to hire workers outside the UK from January 1st, 2021. 

Criteria in New UK Immigration System

  • Should have a job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor
  • Required skill level must be – RQF 3 or above (A level or equivalent)
  • Fluent in the English language as required
  • The general salary threshold set by Majesty government on the advice of the independent Migration Advisory Committee at £25,600 or the specific salary requirement of their occupation known as the “going rate”
  • A job offers in a specific shortage occupation
  • Ph.D. relevant to the job
  • A Ph.D. in stem subject


70 Points needed to be eligible to apply for work in UK

Characteristics Mandatory/Tradeable Points
Job offered by approved sponsor Mandatory 20
Appropriate skill level job Mandatory 20
Fluent in English at required level Mandatory 10
£20,480 to £23,039 or at least 80% of the going rate Tradeable 0
Salary of £23,040 to £25,599 or at least 90% of the going rate Tradeable 10
£25,600 salary or above or at least the going rate Tradeable 20
Shortage occupation Job designated by the Migration Advisory Committee Tradeable 20
Ph.D. in a relevant subject Tradeable 10
Ph.D. in a relevant subject Tradeable 20


Identifying whether a job meets the required skill level

Jobs have a corresponding Standard Occupational Classification code. Every SOC code has a designated skill level, to determine the requirements of the job for the skilled worker route.

The policy statement of July 2020 contains a list of occupation codes that are allowed under SOC. In the new UK immigration system, there is a case study for skilled workers.

Skilled worker case studies

STEM Ph.D. lab technician coming to the UK with a salary offer of £21,000. The salary threshold applies.

Salary threshold: £25,600 Points
Job offer 20
RQF 3 or above 20
English 10
Salary 0
STEM Ph.D. 20
Total 70


Mechanical engineer with salary offers of £26,750. The “going rate” salary threshold applies to the profession.

Salary threshold: £33,400 Points
Job offer 20
RQF 3 or above 20
English language 10
Salary 0
Job offer in a shortage occupation 20
Total 70


Global Talent Route

The current Global Talent route from January will open to the European citizens equally for non-European citizens. Enabling people to enter the UK for jobs without a job offer if they are recognized by the UK body under the new UK immigration system.

Home office license sponsors won’t be required for employment.

The route is designed to attract recognized global leaders and promising individuals in arts, engineering, humanities, sciences, and digital tech. Scientists and researchers can benefit from a quicker endorsement process because of the track of the STEM scheme.

The current list on November 2020, of approved endorsing bodies, are:

  • For science and medicine, The Royal Society
  • For engineering, The Royal Engineering Academy
  • For Digital technology, Tech Nation
  • For humanities, The academy of Britain
  • For science and research, Research and Innovation, UK
  • For arts and culture, England’s Council of Arts

Graduate Route

From summer 2021 the international students who have completed a degree in the UK will have the availability of the Graduate Visa.  Enabling international students to remain in the UK and work at any level for 2 years after the completion of their studies. The route will be unsponsored under the new UK immigration system.

Students having Ph.D. from Summer 2021 can stay in the UK for 3 years to live and work after their studies. Making it easier for students to have skilled jobs in the UK and contribute to the economy of the country.

Intra-company Transfer

The route of Intra-company transfer will allow multinational organizations to facilitate temporary moves into the UK for business through their branches of the subsidiary when the subjects to Intra-company sponsorship req. are met. RQF 6 skilled roles are required by the route for applicants.

Start-up and Innovator

The routes of start-up and innovator are specially designed for the attraction of entrepreneurial talent and innovative expansive business ideas for the UK. People who are setting up an expansive business for the first time are for Startup, Funding of at least £50,000 is required with industry experience for Innovator. It is good news for startups in the new UK immigration system. The routes will be open to the citizens of both the European economic area and non-European economic areas.

Health and Care Visa

In many parts of the skilled work route is Healthcare Visa to ensure employees working in eligible health occupations, with an NHS certified job, social care sector or the NHS service providing to be eligible to come to the UK. Due to COVID-19, it may be a new offer in the new UK immigration system.

Youth Mobility Scheme

Youth mobility schemes will benefit the employees. The age of applicants must be between 18 to 30 years old.

Become a licensed Sponsor

If you are willing to sponsor migrants through a skilled route and are not licensed you should apply then.

The processing time for an application is in between eight weeks and will start on receiving the application. To recruit Irish citizens or anyone from the labor market you don’t need sponsorship in this new UK immigration system.

  1. Check your business eligibility
  2. Choose the type of skilled worker to license you 

want to apply for

  1. Decide who will manage sponsorship within your business
  2. Apply online and pay a fee.


Type of license Fee for small or charitable sponsors Fee for medium or large sponsors
Tier 2 £536 £1,476
Tier 5 £536 £536
Tier 2 and Tier 5 £536 £1,476
Adding a Tier 2 to an existing Tier 5 No fee £940
Adding a Tier 5 to an existing Tier 2 No fee No fee


Fee status is in November 2020

The fee status as of November 2020. 

You will be considered a small business if:

  • £10.2 million or less is your annual turnover
  • 50 employees or less are available

It is all about the new UK immigration system, which is going to be implemented in January, 2021. It is a new scheme and offer for all nationalists that details are included above. IF anyone willing to apply, must read the above guidelines and details.


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