‘People moving to the UK will need to speak English and already have work lined up under a new points-based immigration system. The government has set out a new Immigration Bill that will come into force on January 1 2021, marking the end of free movement. Migrants will now have to gain 70 points to be eligible for a visa, in aims of creating a ‘high wage, high skill, high productivity economy’ in the UK, a statement said. It continued: ‘For too long, distorted by European free movement rights, the immigration system has been failing to meet the needs of the British people. Our approach will change all of this.’
In the system, EU or non-EU citizens will be awarded 10 points straight away if they can speak English to a certain level.
A job offer from an approved sponsor, such as an employer cleared by the Home Office, and a job at a ‘required skill level’ will then earn them 20 points each. Other points could be awarded for certain qualifications and whether there is a shortage in a particular occupation.’