There’s been quite a lot of activity in the world of UK visas recently. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed new plans about the UK work permit, along with strategies that are intended to bring more scientists, researchers, and mathematicians into the country.
Johnson has also indicated that various UK government agencies and departments will have a greater degree of say in how immigration is controlled for their industries after Brexit. Johnson launched the new Global Talent Visa on the 27th of January, to replace the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa from the 20th of February onwards. This visa will have no upper limit for applicants.
In an interview about the changes to the UK work permit, Boris also hinted that the model might be extended to other bodies, as well as industries that rely on low-skilled labour. Johnson noted that he and his government wanted to create a system that’s responsive to the unique needs of the UK economy. However, questions have been raised over the new strategy, as the 2,000 visa cap for the previous scheme was never met. Some people have argued that the new Global Talent strategy is just a marketing ploy.
Johnson, and other members of the government supporting the new UK work permit believe that the Global Talent visa will be essential after Brexit happens and the freedom of movement in the country ends. Applicants in this scheme will be able to access fast-tracked strategies to settle in the UK. Additionally, funding will be doubled into new PHDs, and extra math fellowships and research projects will be available going forward too.
The new UK work permit could mean that the UK becomes more of a magnet for the brightest researchers and scientists in the world, who want to come and expand their knowledge in the UK.