UK launches new points-based visa system, to affect low-skilled workers
London: UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Wednesday announced the launch of the Britain's new points-based visa system with effect from January 1, 2021.
"Today is a historic moment for the whole country. We're ending free movement, taking back control of our borders, and delivering on the people's priorities by introducing a new UK points-based system, which will bring overall migration numbers down," she said.
"We will attract the brightest and the best from around the globe, boosting the economy and our communities, and unleash this country's full potential", Patel added.
It will assign points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries, or professions and assure visas only to those who gain enough points, the Minister pointed out.
The new single global system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally. It will give top priority to those with the highest skills and the greatest talents, including scientists, engineers and academics.
Overall levels of migration will be reduced, with tighter security and a better experience for those coming to the UK. It aims to end reliance on cheap, low-skilled labour coming into the country.
The global talent scheme will be opened to European Union citizens, which will allow highly-skilled scientists and researchers to come to the UK without job offers.
No visas for low-skilled workers, says UK govt
Low-skilled workers would not get visas under post-Brexit immigration plans unveiled by the British government.
It is urging employers to "move away" from relying on "cheap labour" from Europe and invest in retaining staff and developing automation technology, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
The Home Office said EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK would be treated equally after UK-EU free movement ends on December 31.
Labour said a "hostile environment" would make it hard to attract workers.
But Home Secretary Priti Patel told BBC the government wanted to "encourage people with the right talent" and "reduce the levels of people coming to the UK with low skills".
She added that businesses could also recruit from among eight million "economically inactive" potential workers in the UK. – IANS