Home Secretary publishes immigration proposals

Home Secretary publishes immigration proposals

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, has published proposals for immigration controls following Brexit on March 29, 2019. The new system should allow dentists, as ‘skilled workers’, to enter the UK whether they come from the EU, EEA or anywhere in the world. However, entrants will need to earn at least £30,000 which may exclude some Dental Care Professionals.

The new system includes:

  • a skilled workers route open to all nationalities
  • lowering of the skills threshold on the skilled workers route to include medium-skilled workers
  • no cap on numbers on the skilled workers route, meaning that business will be able to hire any suitable qualified migrant
  • the abolition of the resident labour market test
  • a new time limited route for temporary short-term workers of all skill levels, including seasonal low-skilled workers
  • an extension to the post-study period for international students

There will no longer be one immigration system for non-Europeans, and another for EU citizens1. The future system will apply in the same way to all nationalities – EU and non-EU citizens alike. EU citizens already here, and also those who arrive in the UK during the Implementation Period, will have the opportunity to secure their future residence in the UK.

The new system will start to operate from the end of Implementation Period. In the meantime, the Government will implement the EU Settlement Scheme which will give EU citizens protected by the Withdrawal Agreement security as to their future status. Irish citizens will not need to apply under the future system, to settle as their current rights to live and work in the UK, which pre-date EU free movement, will be preserved and the Common Travel Area will continue to function as now.

See publication at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uks-future-skills-based-immigration-system

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