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New Immigration Arrangements

New Immigration Arrangements

These new immigration arrangements will start from 1 January 2021, once the European Union (EU) freedom of movement has ended.

The new single System will cover both EU and non-EU citizens and primary purpose is to attract people who can contribute to the UK’s economy. 

Irish nationals will continue to be able to live, work and study in the United Kingdom without obtaining immigration permission and they will only need to show their passports as proof of these rights.

The route for Skilled Workers who have a job offer from a approved ('Sponsor') Employer. This will replace the current Tier 2 (General) route. 

Particulars of the Route.

Resident Labour Market testing removed.

Possible to sponsor skilled workers for jobs at A Level.

Lower salary thresholds

Points Based System

Tradeable points criteria

EEA nationals who are living in the United Kingdom before 31 December 2020 can apply under the EU Settlement Scheme for a valid immigration status, which will allow them to continue to live, work and study in the United Kingdom without restriction. All new arrivals to the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021 will need a visa before they travel to the United Kingdom if they intend to live, work or study in the United Kingdom.

The new system will come into force for applications submitted after 9am on 1 December 2020.

Re-named Immigration Categories

Some immigration categories will be renamed and which include the following

Current Immigration Category Immigration Category from 1 January 2021
Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) Graduate
Tier 2 (General) Skilled Worker
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Intra-Company Transfer
Tier 4 (General) Student
Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) Youth Mobility Scheme