Although the new rules around the UK work permit indicate that more skilled workers will be able to enter the UK thanks to a reduction in the income cap, the number of migrants is likely to drop.
According to Boris Johnson, the new points-based immigration system introduced in the UK is designed to demonstrate that the UK is welcoming all talent around the world. However, the UK also hopes to reduce the number of migrants overall, focusing on getting more access to highly skilled workers instead.
Both Home Secretary Priti Patel and Boris Johnson have agreed that the new points-based system will cut the number of migrants entering the country each year by 90,000. The new rules around the tier 2 work permit earns to make it easier for highly skilled individuals to enter the country while making entry a little more difficult for those who don’t have the skills that the UK currently needs. People applying for a work permit in the UK will be asked to fill out a form that will help them to be assigned points for things like their skills, and ability to speak English.
The new points based system is set to be introduced on the first of January 2021. It will apply regardless of whether migrants are coming into the UK from the EU, or they’re entering from elsewhere in the world. The Home Office also believes that this new system will be a lot simpler. However, the government is planning on refining the new UK work permit rules even further in the months to come. This may include awarding extra points to younger workers and those who want to work outside of London. People educated in the UK may also gain additional points, which could help to bring more foreign students into the country.
The government will also be considering more short-term visa schemes for certain professions, such as construction and care work. However, the government is under pressure to help more home-grown workers enter these fields.