United Kingdom’s Skills-based Immigration System

Basseterre, St. Kitts – 31 January, 2019: The United Kingdom has published a White Paper which proposes that from 2021 UK Immigration Rules will apply to EU and non-EU migrants alike in a single immigration system which selects people on the basis of their skills and talent as opposed to their nationality.
It is also important to note the following:
▪ The introduction of an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme similar to the scheme operating in the USA ▪ An improved system for business making greater use of technology. Applications will be online and permissions will be granted electronically. A lighter touch sponsorship route will be introduced. ▪ Greater use of e-gates for low risk travelers ▪ Greater access for global talent such as top international scientists and start-up companies ▪ New entry routes for temporary short-term workers ▪ No limit for international students and an extended visa period after graduation ▪ Improved compliance system making better use of data and technology ▪ Continuing support for family life and vulnerable persons ▪ The Common Travel Area allowing travel between the UK, Ireland and the Crown Dependencies will continue

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